Giants coach Tom Coughlin said last week that the team is “convinced” they want defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul back for the 2015 season and that the “goal” is for Pierre-Paul to play for the team until he retires.
In an ideal world, the Giants would secure a deal with Pierre-Paul that takes care of both those things. With a March 2 deadline to use the franchise tag fast approaching, however, the team may need to make a choice about how to proceed if they can’t agree on an extended deal.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, they’ve already made that choice. Schefter reports that the Giants will use the franchise tag to ensure Pierre-Paul remains in the fold if they haven’t agreed on a multi-year extension by next week. That would cost them about $15 million for the 2015 season and allow them to continue talking about a longer agreement until July.
Pierre-Paul has had some ups and downs in the last few years on the field to go with some injury concerns off of it, but he had 12.5 sacks in 2014 and is still just 26 years old. That makes it easy to understand why the Giants will do whatever it takes to keep him off the market as a free agent.