Just over two months since his Fourth of July fireworks mishap, Jason Pierre-Paul finally met with the Giants at the Quest Diagnostics training center on Monday. According to team sources with knowledge of the situation, the 26-year-old defensive lineman underwent a physical and he reportedly feels ‘ready to go’.
Pierre-Paul has yet to sign his $14.8 million franchise tender and he wants to avoid landing on the non-football injury list, which would allow the Giants to withhold his paycheck for the first six games of the season.
New York’s front office will likely attempt to renegotiate a one-year deal now that Pierre-Paul returned to the team and has allowed team doctors to evaluate his injury.
Pierre-Paul’s rehab has reportedly gone well and he is improving his flexibility and range-of-motion.
The Giants still have yet to determine whether they’re comfortable with the former USF star playing with a cast on his hand, and they need to see how effective the sixth year pro will be with only four-digits to work with.
The two sides need to reach an agreement before Pierre-Paul can return to the gridiron, but they’ve yet to meet at the negotiating table.
Pierre-Paul is prohibited from signing a long-term deal until the end of the 2015 season.
The Giants open the regular season on Sunday night in Dallas against the Cowboys.