Giants can withdraw Pierre-Paul’s tender, but will they?

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With Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffering injuries from a fireworks mishap that reportedly aren’t career-threatening, the Giants now must address a more important question regarding his career: Will they rescind his franchise tender?

They can; under Article 10, Section 2(d), the franchise tender can be withdrawn at any time. It would instantly create $14.8 million in cash and cap space, but it also would make Pierre-Paul an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team, with no compensation for the Giants if Pierre-Paul signs with a new team.

But if Pierre-Paul signs the contract, he’s entitled to $14.8 million, fully guaranteed. Article 10, Section 2(c) contains a procedure for terminating a franchise player’s contract for failure “to establish or maintain his excellent physical condition,” which would allow the Giants to pull the plug on the contract if, for example, the Giants realize after he signs the tender that his injuries will keep him from playing.

But that likewise would make Pierre-Paul a free agent. There’s one approach that wouldn’t. The Giants could determine that Pierre-Paul won’t be able to play due to a non-football injury, they can place him on the non-football injury list, and they can elect to not pay him. He would be able to file a grievance challenging the designation, but if the medical evidence due to the fireworks-related injuries is clear, he’ll have a hard time prevailing.

Regardless of how it plays out, the Giants have picked up some leverage. Whether by rescinding the tender or terminating the contract or placing him on NFI, they can drop Pierre-Paul’s compensation for 2015 from $14.8 million to whatever another team would pay a guy with an injured hand to, if they choose the NFI route, nothing. This dynamic could push Pierre-Paul’s expectations on a long-term deal toward a range that Giants are willing to satisfy.

At a minimum, the injury could result in a structure that pays Pierre-Paul based in part on his ability to play, primarily through the use of per-game roster bonuses. Since Pierre-Paul is responsible for the injuries that have now created real questions about his ability to play, he should be amenable to a contract that protects the Giants in the event that he can’t.

Either way, the clock continues to tick. The Giants and Pierre-Paul have 10 days to work out a long-term deal, or the only option will be a one-year contract.

32 responses to “Giants can withdraw Pierre-Paul’s tender, but will they?

  1. The Giants would be stupid to do this he will not have a bad year because of this. I don’t think he will match last years production but not because of this.

  2. Dude’s going to sign that tender or agree to a 5-year, cap friendly deal.

    Because no other team will come close to paying him big money this season with that much uncertainty.

  3. Does the NFI change his roster/cap status? If they do it and he challenges and somehow wins does it extend the signing window? (NFI on 10th, legal challenge won on 20th–is the signing window for a long term deal still over on the 15th or do they get the 5 days)

  4. How can they NFI a guy not even under contract? If the giants decide they don’t want to pay him, but there is another team willing to pay him for his rights and will pay him a salary while he recovers, he should not be prevented from pursuing that.

    I don’t want him on the eagles, but he should be allowed to sign with someone if the giants don’t want him anymore.

  5. lol no. the Giants will not rescind the offer. they’ve already accounted for it and the offseason is practically over, rosters are what they are. it’s not like they’d take that $15M and go after other free agents.

    all this incident does is probably eliminate the possibility of JPP signing a long term contract anytime before the next offseason. this is a big “prove it” season for him on many levels anyway, all this injury does is add one more obstacle for him to “prove” he can overcome and play consistently with/through.

  6. I’m a big time Giants fan but you cant help stupid. If he can’t play this year then Giants will make him a 5 year deal but if he blew his fingers off they will part ways.de lineman need their fingers.14 million reasons not be stupid that sucks for us giant fans to have to not have a pass rusher who has over 10 sacks a year..

  7. Many negatives concerning JPP . Hoping not a one year stud. He benefits from being a diamond in the rough, small school. Physical specimen along with his exotic name and background. Me thinks he has not ” honed his craft” progressing with new moves and never getting a large schooling while in college. Maybe there is a book on JPP and his method. Hope not, but for last few years , screaming at TV for a sack or stop JPP many many times is invisible

  8. They should withdraw and set an example to all these overpaid holier than thou athletes that feel they’re worth so much more than the average joe. Also to never look a gift horse in the mouth. 15 mil a year for a braniac that doesnt have enough sense not to play with explosives! Who’s his agent? Wile E. Coyote??

  9. PFT world says yea bcause another athlete isn’t getting paid. Meanwhile, another good player isn’t playing, but hey, PFT world loves the degradation of the NFL as long as their owners make more and more money. That’s who they love.

  10. PFT ALWAYS sides with the players. 100% of the time. PFT is an anti-owner as they can be.

    IMO, the Giants should not pull his tender. If he doesn’t sign it then they still have him under contract under the current terms. If he signs it then he gets a big raise for 1 year and can be franchised again, IF he shows better judgement on 2016 Independence Day.

  11. These guys have the money to hire someone to blow things off why they watch don’t they ?

  12. He already had it signed last night and his agent faxed it in this morning lol.

    At least if he was smart about it. Oh wait……

  13. They can do a lot of things but obviously will do nothing until they know the extent of the injury. SOunds like a big boo boo now and not a severe injury as the writers like to sprew.

  14. pelonstyle says:
    Jul 6, 2015 12:08 AM
    Many negatives concerning JPP . Hoping not a one year stud. He benefits from being a diamond in the rough, small school. Physical specimen along with his exotic name and background. Me thinks he has not ” honed his craft” progressing with new moves and never getting a large schooling while in college. Maybe there is a book on JPP and his method. Hope not, but for last few years , screaming at TV for a sack or stop JPP many many times is invisible
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    JPP ranked third among all defensive linemen in sacks (behind watt and mario williams), and second in tackles (behind watt). If that’s not visible to you, you should change your sn to pelonkeller.

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