The Giants had placed a franchise tag on Pierre-Paul in February for a one-year contract of just under $17 million, but it was well known that Pierre-Paul wanted a long-term contract with a team.
There’s no doubt that JPP earned his money and this lengthy contract, turning in a solid season against the run and as a pass rusher, tallying seven sacks and showing flashes of the same player who was so dominant before a fireworks accident cost him his right index finger.
Pierre-Paul finished the season as the league’s 13th-ranked pass rusher, right above his partner-in-crime, Olivier Vernon, according to Pro Football Focus, despite missing the final month of the season with a sports hernia.
This deal will provide some relief for the Giants, who were just about $4 million below the salary cap as of today. Pierre-Paul has always been a fan favorite in New York, and Giants fans will be happy to see that he’ll remain with the team for the long haul and keep that great defense from last season in tact for a Super Bowl run.