The New York Giants made a surplus of huge signings to kick off NFL free agency, the first being the retention of two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. “JPP” signed a one-year contract to stay with the Giants, whom he was drafted by in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
The Giants biggest need on defense was a pass rusher to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and signing JPP solidifies this need. Being that the deal is only for one year, JPP is betting on himself that he can go out and have a full productive season.
“I have one year to prove myself, but all I need is one,” Pierre-Paul said moments after signing his contract in the team’s Quest Diagnostics Training Center headquarters. “I appreciate the Giants allowing me to come back and play here. But it was my decision.”
JPP certainly had offers elsewhere, including the Arizona Cardinals which he revealed publicly, but chose to stay with the team that he has been with for his entire career. JPP wants to show the Giants and their fans that his hand injury is behind him and that he can still play at the Pro Bowl level that he is accustomed to.
“I know for a fact that I can play better than I did last year,” he said. “My main goal is to get on the field this year without the club and play some good football. We’ll see from there.”
JPP will not be devoid of help on the defensive line, as the Giants made a splash by signing Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison, two of the premier defensive players on the market. The Giant’s revamped defensive line looks to be as formidable on paper as any in the league, as general manager Jerry Reese went all-in on trying to bring talent back to a defense that was ranked dead last in the NFL a season ago.
The Giants have missed out on the playoffs for four consecutive seasons, so although the Giants broke the bank to acquire top talent, these moves are certainly justified. JPP said that he looks forward to being apart of the Giant’s turnaround.
“I want to be a part of the turnaround.” Pierre-Paul said. “I want to bring my game to another level. With the injury I had, I want to show people that at the end of the day, no matter what happens, you can overcome it in life.”
The Giants now have the defensive pieces in place to compliment a high-powered offensive attack, and they should be in contention for the NFC East title this season. With Eli Manning on the back end of a spectacular career, it makes sense that the Giants are going all-in to try and win another title before the window of opportunity closes.