Jason Pierre-Paul not at Buccaneers’ OTAs

Getty Images

Jason Pierre-Paul was a major offseason acquisition in Tampa Bay, but he’s not with the team during Organized Team Activities.

Pierre-Paul has not attended a single day of OTAs, according to ESPN.

That might seem like a bad look for a player who was acquired in a trade that sent a third-round draft pick to the Giants, not to mention for a player who’s costing the Buccaneers $12.5 million this season. But Bucs coach Dirk Koetter didn’t sound particularly concerned about Pierre-Paul deciding not to participate in voluntary work.

“We’d love to have everybody here. That’s a perfect world, and we don’t live in a perfect world, unfortunately,” said Koetter.

The 29-year-old Pierre-Paul had 8.5 sacks last season for the Giants, and the Bucs are hoping to get similar or even more production out of him in Tampa. Even if he’s not in Tampa just yet.

25 responses to “Jason Pierre-Paul not at Buccaneers’ OTAs

  1. He really only had one stellar year when he came up big in 2011. I always said he should be given a contract when his fingers grow back. He’s not been the same. Only shows some promise against weak teams now. A terrible job by re-signing this guy. Awful Reese! Thank you for cleaning up, Gettleman!

  2. Ha ha! Proof, if anyone needed it, that the guy wants pay doubled or to be traded because the team are stingy and no fun, and proof the franchise are finally totally imploding and will never win another game! Let’s devote weeks of yet more baseless narrative and idle speculation on this… Oh wait, it isn’t the Patriots? So just some guy at one of the other 31 teams not bothering with OTAs? Oh, forget it.

  3. The Bucs overpaid for him and the Giants happily took advantage …a 3rd round pick AND they cleared some cap space. The Bucs are in a bad place with a poor GM and a offensive cordinator disquested as a HC. I see the Bucs picking 1st or 2nd in next years drafts.

  4. Don’t understand- team gives you big money and when OTS’s roll around, you give them the finger…

  5. blutri10 says:
    June 9, 2018 at 6:10 am
    I always said he should be given a contract when his fingers grow back.

    —————
    Lol. He’s not a starfish.

  6. IDK – i thought the Giants totally overpaid him – as his production was not worth the salary that he was being paid.

    So when they were able to dump his salary, and get a decent return – i thought it was a win for the team.

    No ill wishes for him, and kudos for coming back from such a horrific injury – but i think the Bucs are going to be underwhelmed with what they got in him.

    He has never been able to stay healthy (besides the time he blew up his hand).

  7. streetyson says:
    June 9, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Let’s devote weeks of yet more baseless narrative and idle speculation on this… Oh wait, it isn’t the Patriots?

    +++++++++

    Someone is still mad about Tommy fumbling away the win. Bucs have certainly spent money this offseason, but they are in a tough division and I’m not sure they are going to be as good as they hope.

  8. He could have been a HOF talent, especially after his second year when he might have been the best DL in the league. Certainly the hand injury set him back, but he now seems to be dis-interested since he got his mega contract.

  9. I can’t believe this guy isn’t showing up for workouts with his new team. After his self-inflicted injury, he should be thankful he can still earn a great living playing football, and showing everybody how thankful he is, especially the new team that traded for him

  10. JPP will make more $ this season in one game than a lot of people posting dumb comments about him will make in 30 years. And unlike the people posting here, JPP doesn’t feel the need to “suck up” at work for job security. So who is the real joke?

  11. While everyone rolls out the tired and unoriginal finger jokes that are not even funny, JPP is laughing all the way to the bank with his $100 million he’s making. I’d blow off a few of my fingers for half that.

  12. streetyson says:
    June 9, 2018 at 6:29 am
    Ha ha! Proof, if anyone needed it, that the guy wants pay doubled or to be traded because the team are stingy and no fun, and proof the franchise are finally totally imploding and will never win another game! Let’s devote weeks of yet more baseless narrative and idle speculation on this… Oh wait, it isn’t the Patriots? So just some guy at one of the other 31 teams not bothering with OTAs? Oh, forget it.
    __________________________
    Are you alright?

  13. JPP was an athletic freak for a guy his size and had a great year in 2011. He played a huge part in NYG’s SB win. But he was injured/invisible in most the following seasons and padded his sack stats against bad teams. He initially treated his employer, who had millions invested in him, like they had the plague when they simply tried to find out what the hell happened right after the firecracker incident. Dave Gettleman wisely got a 3rd pick for him and Tampa has to deal with him now. Off topic but in Gettleman’s first days as GM he cut starting OT and locker room cancer Bobby Hart then shipped JPP out. Now Adelle Beckham is acting, operative word acting, like a team player. Well played DG.

  14. As a Giants’s fan I can assure you that JPP is a warrior. The guy plays through injuries that most guys would not. While injuries have slowed his game down, he’ll give the Bucs everything he has when it counts.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.