Jason Pierre-Paul free agent tour is over as he inked a one-year contract to return to the Giants on Tuesday. The deal, which could be up to $10.5 million, saw New York beat out Arizona who made a late run at the talented defensive end.
Prior to his July 4 fireworks accident, the Giants had a long-term contract offer on the table for Pierre-Paul, but ultimately came to an agreement on an incentive-heavy deal last October.
Pierre-Paul, 27, appeared in the team's final eight games in 2015, fashioning a wrapped "club" around his injured right hand. Clearly limited by the injury, JPP tallied one sack for the season, but did create some havoc in the trenches and impressed the coaching staff with his speedy return to the field.
The six-year pro underwent another surgery this offseason to improve the mobility and feeling in his right hand which he is hoping will give him the ability to grip and eventually tackle opponents.
Just two years ago, Pierre-Paul finished the season with 12.5 sacks and proved to be a disruptive force along the defensive line.
When healthy, JPP can be a premier pass-rusher, but the jury is still out as to how much his fireworks injury will hamper his likelihood of returning to a Pro Bowl level.