With the uncertainty surrounding Jason Pierre-Paul, and the injury he sustained to his hand while playing with fireworks, the Giants may consider not only withdrawing the long-term offer they had on the table but the franchise tag as well.
I never want to hear of someone hurting themselves. Accidents like this unfortunately do happen often. On a personal level I hope for a speedy recover for the 26 year old.
On a management level however this situation becomes very tricky. Pierre-Paul has yet to sign his franchise tender, which would pay him $14.8 million for the 2015 season. Although the Giants withdrew their long-term offer of $60 million, Pierre-Paul was reportedly not going to sign it anyway.
I do not think he is worth that much for a single season and I’m going to assume (with zero knowledge of the offer) that the deal was for 4 or 5 years. If it was 4 years then it would be $15 million per season. If it were 5 years then it would be for $12 per season. So effectively he has decided he is not happy playing for $14.8 million or $60 million. I just don’t see the value there.
Now to make matters even worse, Pierre-Paul has yet to meet with or even have contact with any Giants personnel. This makes one wonder if he is hiding the severity of the injury. Now technically he is not under contract yet so he is not obligated to do so but you would think he would have the decency to let the team know what is going on.
With the extent of the injury unknown would you feel comfortable paying someone $14.8 million who may not play the entire season? I would not, especially knowing Pierre-Paul’s tendency to disappear for long stretches of the season. He finished the season with 12.5 sacks last year but he only had 3.5 through week 11. His final 9 sacks came in meaningless games vs. non playoff teams.
Lets not forget about his complete disregard for containing the edge against Seattle and Jacksonville as well. How good is he and is he really worth $14.8 mill for one season?
Now ask yourself that question and instead of one season say, 12 games, 10 games, 8 games. If the injury is bad enough for him to miss more than the first game or two then I would rescind the offer. That $14.8 million could go a long way in bringing in free agent offensive linemen Evan Mathis and Jake Long.
Maybe they use it to get Eli’s deal done or maybe the use it to bring in some players on the cheap who can bring some more depth and versatility to the Giants, maybe an old friend or two, like Osi Umenyiora or Barry Cofield.
I’m not saying I would prefer any of those guys over Pierre-Paul but if he can’t play you better not pay him like he’s one of the games best. I didn’t even touch upon all the time he is missing learning the new defense.
I don’t know what I would do here and I think it would be a bit out of character of the Mara’s and Tisch’s to withdraw the offer but it would not surprise me if it happened.
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