If the New York Giants are going to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul, they’ll have to pay a pretty penny. Find out how much Pierre-Paul is expected to command in free agency.
No matter what else transpires in free agency, all roads will return to Jason Pierre-Paul. Pierre-Paul is entering a highly-anticipated period of free agency and the New York Giants must make a decision on whether or not to re-sign him.
Though most have a working theory about the salary Pierre-Paul will command, a definitive number has yet to be produced—perhaps until now.
Pierre-Paul is widely regarded as one of the Top 15 defensive ends in the NFL. He’s a tremendous pass-rusher whose combination of athleticism and tenacity have enabled him to become one of the most feared and respected players in the NFL.
According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN’s NFL Nation, his reemergence as a highly-touted player has created an intriguingly high market value.
"Projected contract: 4 years, $59 million, $21 million guaranteed(Note: The projected contract was derived from the average of five league sources surveyed. The panel consists of a front office executive, salary-cap experts and agents.)"
In other words, the cost of bringing Pierre-Paul back to New York could be just under $15 million per season.
Pierre-Paul has a tremendous tale of tragedy and triumph. He’s overcome a devastating hand injury to bounce back and solidify his place as one of the best edge rushers in the NFL.
During the 2016 NFL regular season, Pierre-Paul recorded 53 tackles, 7.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in 12 games played.
Pierre-Paul ranked No. 13 in the NFL amongst edge rushers on Pro Football Focus, receiving grades above 80 in both the pass rush and run defense.
Now 28 years of age, Pierre-Paul is looking to secure his future with what may be his final big contract. Thus, while it may be fair to request loyalty and a proverbial hometown discount, it’s also reasonable to respect why Pierre-Paul would want financial security.
With New York already paying defensive end Olivier Vernon an average of $17 million per season, Reese has a defining decision to make.
The future of the New York Giants will be defined by what the team chooses to do on the Jason Pierre-Paul front.