Jason Pierre-Paul has now signed a four-year, $62 million contract with the New York Giants that guarantees him $40 million, with Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first to report the news. Per Rapoport, the deal could be worth as much as $66 million.
That is not quite the $68 million with a guarantee of $54 million that had been reported earlier on Friday. Still, it represents a significant commitment to Pierre-Paul by the Giants.
On his 4-yr, $62M deal worth up to $66M, #Giants star JPP has a $20M signing bonus. He earns $34M within 11 mos & $49.5M over the 1st 3 yrs— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2017
Pierre-Paul signing a big-money, long-term deal is a day many thought would never come after he blew off part of his right hand in a July 4, 2015 fireworks accident. He managed to play in eight games with one sack in 2015, and had seven sacks, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and a fumble return for a touchdown last season in 12 games before what the Giants described as a core muscle injury ended his season.
From JPP’s agent:
congrats JPP @UDWJPP on a great comeback story! signed, sealed and ready! @Giants @JustinTuck— Doug Hendrickson (@DHendrickson41) March 17, 2017
Via Instagram, from Pierre-Paul himself:
First and foremost, I would like to thank God for all my blessings because I know without him nothing is possible, thank you Lord. I also want to thank all the people that are closest to me and that support me, even if I wasn't playing football. You know who you are. I don't have to say any names because you KNOW WHO YOU ARE! I would like to thank Mr. Mara and Mr. Tisch for their commitment and belief in me. I look forward to helping you guys get back to the SB soon. I would like to thank the rest of the NY Giants organization for trusting in me for another 4yrs and to be part of this great franchise. S/O to all my fans that's with yah boy. That's all I have to say and let's go get them "D" #90PowerCircle #nygiants #onceagiantalwaysagiant #its-Hanks-turn S/O to @nyg_teamphotographer for always being there to take great pictures for me.
The Giants selected Pierre-Paul in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft and he had a 16.5-sack All-Pro season in 2011. He has been an excellent player when healthy over the years, but has not matched that level of production.
The Giants have now committed a massive amount of money to their defensive line. Olivier Vernon has a five-year, $85 million contract with $52.5 million guaranteed and Damon Harrison has a five-year, $46.25 million contract with $24 million guaranteed. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins remains a free agent.