There is one more game to play before free-agent-to-be Jason Pierre-Paul and the New York Giants have to begin in earnest a financial stare down that should end with the defensive end a very rich man.
Asked about his value on Friday, Pierre-Paul bluntly said "I think I am worth a lot of money."
He is almost certainly right. He will be 26 next season and is finishing the second double-digit sack season of his career. As we have discussed many times, Pierre-Paul is also probably the best run-defending 4-3 defensive end in the league.
ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Saturday that the Giants and JPP have yet to talk turkey.
While a source tells me it's not a concern, the Giants have not reached out with an offer to extend DE Jason Pierre-Paul, at this time.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) December 27, 2014
Pierre-Paul has said in the past that he would like to remain with the Giants. He reiterated that stance on Friday, but added "I don't know what my future holds."
"Everybody asks me that question and I really can't answer that question truthfully. I don't know what my future holds. Who knows if I am going to be in a Giant uniform, who knows where I am going to be in the offseason. Like I said, now, the numbers are there, I had a great season, and everybody sees it. There really is nothing else to say," Pierre-Paul said. "At the end of the day, it's business, it's business. Everyone knows that, even the fans know that, my family members know it, and I am going to make the best decision to better me and my family."
J.J. Watt of the Houston Texas has the biggest contract among defensive ends, with $51.8 million of a six-year, $100-million deal guaranteed. Three other defensive ends, Robert Quinn of the Rams ($41.17M), Charles Johnson of the Panthers ($32M) and Mario Williams of the Bills ($31.4M) have contract guaranteeing them more than $30 million.
Pierre-Paul figures to join them. Question is, will the Giants be writing the check?