Despite Jason Pierre-Paul ultimately losing a finger and reportedly breaking a thumb as well as a result of a July 4 fireworks mishap, and despite his refusing to see team officials when they came to South Florida to check on him in the hospital, the New York Giants are committed to rolling into the 2015 season with the two-time Pro Bowler on the roster.
Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports that the team “fully intends” to have Pierre-Paul on the roster and on the field, in a Giants uniform, as soon as he’s healthy enough to play.
This isn’t terribly surprising.
The Giants pulled a $60 million long-term offer in the wake of the accident that Pierre-Paul wasn’t about to sign anyway but his franchise tender offer, worth $14.8 million, remains on the table. It’s this tender offer that the Giants are banking on, as it seems highly unlikely that a new long-term deal is coming, and they’re certainly not keen on the idea of cutting JPP loose and potentially losing him to a division rival.