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Jason Pierre-Paul trade: What others are saying

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Let’s look around the Inter-Google and see what others are writing and saying about the New York Giants’ trade of Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The acquisition of Jason Pierre-Paul is a huge move by the Buccaneers - Bucs Nation
Trading for Jason Pierre-Paul was the move the Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed to make.

N.Y. Giants trade Jason Pierre-Paul to Buccaneers - NFL.com

For the Buccaneers, adding JPP continues an offseason of addressing their pass rush. The Bucs recently added end Vinny Curry and tackle Beau Allen to bolster their defensive line. Pierre-Paul adds more oomph to a Tampa squad that compiled a league-low 22 sacks in 2017.

Importing JPP, Curry and Allen to go along with Gerald McCoy and Noah Spence gives the Bucs depth and playmaking along the defensive line.

Tampa clearly targeted upgrading their defensive weakness this offseason. The Bucs reportedly attempted to acquire Robert Quinn from the Rams earlier this offseason. After missing out, the team turned their attention to JPP, who compiled 8.5 sacks and 68 tackles in 2017.

Hype builds for Bradley Chubb after Giants’ stunning JPP trade | New York Post
Could the Giants be replacing a club with a Chubb?

After the Giants agreed to a surprising trade with the Buccaneers on Thursday morning, in which Jason...

GM Dave Gettleman strikes again in transforming Giants | Newsday

Thursday’s deal adds plenty of intrigue to an already fascinating set of possibilities in the draft. The Giants have the No. 2 overall pick, and with Pierre-Paul now gone, there is speculation that they might take North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb, by far the best pass-rushing prospect in this year’s class. They can go quarterback – UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold of USC or Josh Allen of Wyoming could be there – and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is another possibility.

Or does Gettleman use his leverage at No. 2 and entertain trade offers to move down and acquire even more picks? The Bills may be anxious to move up from No. 12 to get a quarterback, and even the Browns, who have the fourth overall pick in addition to No. 1, may want to get in position to take the top two players by moving up with their No. 4 pick. Or does Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, who has done plenty of his own wheeling and dealing so far this off-season, climb one more spot by trading with Gettleman and better positioning himself for a top quarterback?

The Pierre-Paul deal is just the latest in a series of transformative moves by Gettleman, but it’s certainly not the last. As he attempts to fit together the puzzle that will be his roster heading into the 2018 season, there are more changes to be made – not the least of which will come in the draft.

New quarterback? New pass rusher? New running back?

Ian Rapoport explains why the Giants traded Jason Pierre-Paul to Buccaneers - NFL Videos
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport brings the news that the Giants are trading defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers for a third and fourth round draft pick.

Jason Pierre-Paul trade sets stage for more New York Giants moves - NFC East- ESPN

Gettleman and Shurmur already have made serious changes to the roster, and the Giants have the No. 2 overall pick and four of the top 69 selections in this year’s draft. They’re still out looking for cheap pieces to add to the roster.

This is only the beginning. The Pierre-Paul trade sets the stage for an overhaul that will continue for at least another year.

Skip and Shannon react to the Giants trading Jason Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers | FOX Sports
Rod Woodson joins Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe to talk about the New York Giants trading Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bucs' acquisition of Jason Pierre-Paul helps complete D-line overhaul - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN

"Jason is an elite-level edge rusher who will make an immediate impact on our defense," Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. "We are adding a two-time Pro Bowler who is passionate about the game and has established himself as one of the league’s premier defensive ends. Jason is an incredibly hard-working playmaker on the defensive front with a unique skill set that allows him to stay on the field in both rushing and passing situations."

NY Giants: 5 takeaways from JPP trade to Bucs
5 takeaways from the trade that sent Jason Pierre-Paul from the New York Giants to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a look at the impact on Big Blue

JPP trade potentially shakes up the top of the draft – ProFootballTalk

The JPP trade potentially shakes up the top of the draft, putting the Giants potentially in play for North Carolina State pass rusher Bradley Chubb at No. 2. Or, perhaps more realistically, setting up a trade down in order to auction the No. 2 pick for a quarterback-starved team, getting Chubb in a lower spot and adding to the compensation received for Pierre-Paul.

The problem becomes finding a spot to which the Giants could drop while still remaining confident that they’ll land Chubb. No. 5 would be the floor (the Colts surely would take Chubb at No. 6), if the Broncos wanted to move up and snag a quarterback at No. 2 (which seems unlikely). The Browns at No. 4 probably have little interest in getting the first two picks in the draft, unless they become determined to pair a quarterback with someone like running back Saquon Barkley (that also seems unlikely).