"I have unfinished business."
That was the proclamation of New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul on Wednesday in a statement from the team officially announcing that Pierre-Paul has ben re-signed to a one-year deal for the 2016 season. Terms were not disclosed, but the deal is said to be for $10.5 million with $8.5 million of that guaranteed.
"I have one year to prove myself, but all I need is one," Pierre-Paul said. "I appreciate the Giants allowing me to come back and play here. But it was my decision."
Pierre-Paul played eight games last season after permanently disfiguring his right hand in a July Fourth fireworks mishap. He recorded only one sack. Reports indicated Pierre-Paul was hoping to find a multi-year deal on the free-agent market, but that did not happen.
"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."
Pierre-Paul hopes surgery he had on the hand will allow him to shed the club he wore last season and use the hand more effectively.
"It's definitely going to help," he said of the surgery. "I'll be able to grab. Now I'll be able to open my hand up. My fingers are straight, and I'll be fine. You're limited with the club. I'd rather play with one finger than have a club on."
Pierre-Paul, a two-time Pro Bowler, continues to believe in his ability. He has bet on himself with the one-year deal.
"Even with the club, even with my injury, I'm still the best at my position," he said. "Otherwise, I wouldn't be here. I think I played pretty well. With the club, people didn't expect me to play the way I played. I played every down. It was just eight games - I was just getting started."
Pierre-Paul will have lots of new teammates on the Giants' 2016 defense, courtesy of a massive free-agent spending spree that has thus far landed cornerback Janoris Jenkins, defensive tackle Damon Harrison and defensive end Olivier Vernon.
"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."