Good morning, New York Giants fans! With the NFL Scouting Combine underway and free agency approaching, there is quite a bit of Giants news to get to. Let's begin with the latest on Jason Pierre-Paul.
Report: JPP sues ESPN, Adam Schefter
Remember when ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted a photo of Pierre-Paul's medical records? Well, now Pierre-Paul has filed a lawsuit stemming from that.
Schefter "improperly obtained" Pierre-Paul’s medical chart showing the defensive end had his right index finger amputated and posting the record on Twitter to nearly 4 million followers, the suit says. "This action arises out of ESPN reporter Schefter’s blatant disregard for the private and confidential nature of plaintiff’s medical records, all so Schefter could show the world that he had ‘supporting proof’ of a surgical procedure," the suit says.
Schefter later admitted he "could have and should have done even more to protect [Pierre-Paul’s] medical records," in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
Will Pierre-Paul still need the club?
Head coach Ben McAdoo made it sound on Wednesday as though he would like Pierre-Paul back next season, and there were reports Wednesday night that the Giants are interested in keeping both JPP and Robert Ayers. Pierre-Paul had surgery after the 2015 season aimed at helping to increase the flexibility in his damaged right hand, but the Giants still don't know if he will need to wear a protective club.
"That hasn't been determined yet," McAdoo said on Wednesday.
Whether or not Pierre-Paul can play without the club, which limited his ability to tackle, would likely have an impact on the type of contract the Giants -- or any team -- would offer him.
Victor Cruz: No contract talks yet
McAdoo said Wednesday that he "absolutely" wants Cruz back in 2016. It has been widely expected that Cruz, who has missed 26 straight games with knee and calf injuries, would have to take a pay cut from his $9.9 cap hit to remain with the team.
Cruz said Wednesday on NFL Total Access that "the Giants haven't said anything to me yet" about the contract.