New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s rookie contract voided on Friday, meaning for the moment, the young star is without a deal and headed to free agency.
This isn’t surprising, and it’s far from a sure indicator that Pierre-Paul will leave the Giants this offseason. New York could always use the franchise tag on the two-time Pro Bowler, if they’re unable to come to an agreement on a long-term deal. But back in December, Pierre-Paul made it clear that he was wholly unsure if he’d return to the team that drafted him.
“Who knows if I’m going to be in a Giant uniform?” he asked, per the New York Daily News. “Like I say now, the numbers are there, I had a great season, everybody sees it. There’s really nothing else to say, just negotiations, and (they’re) coming.”
If the Giants do franchise Pierre-Paul, he’s expected to earn around $15 million in 2015. He finished last season with 77 tackles, 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
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