Pierre-Paul underwent offseason surgery on his groin and abdomen to repair multiple injuries, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv reports. Pierre-Paul is feeling better after recent surgery addressed four lingering injuries, but he remains uncertain about when he'll return to football activities. There's a chance he won't be ready in time for training camp, while the Giants may elect to proceed cautiously with their veteran defensive end since he's played just 20 total games throughout the past two seasons.
Pierre-Paul (groin) re-signed Friday with the Giants on a four-year contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Pierre-Paul's new contract is expected to pay around $17 million annually, and includes $54 million guaranteed. The Giants had previously slapped the franchise tag on the defensive end in February, but the team was committed to negotiating a longer-term deal with Pierre-Paul after he turned in a stellar bounce-back campaign in 2016 after he missed half of the 2015 season while recovering from a fireworks accident. He notched seven sacks in 12 games to lead the team before suffering a season-ending groin injury in Week 13. It's expected that Pierre-Paul will be back to full strength by the start of training camp, and at just 28 years old, he should have at least a couple years of elite-level production left in him.
Pierre-Paul (groin) has received the Giants' franchise tag, NFL.com reports. Pierre-Paul's designation as New York's franchise player is expected to officially appear in Tuesday's transaction log, but in making the move, the Giants have taken a significant step in securing him for the future. Considering JPP, who played on a one-year, $10 million deal this past season, has made it clear he won't sign the $17 million tender that coincides with him being tagged, the Giants' decision to still apply that designation seems to indicate their optimism over reaching a long-term extension with him prior to the July 15 deadline. As a result, there's likely further contract news to come regarding the 28-year-old, who posted 53 tackles and seven sacks in 12 games played during the 2016 campaign.
Pierre-Paul and the Giants are expected to pick up talks over a contract extension in the near future, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports. Pierre-Paul is currently slated to hit free agency next month, but in releasing wide receiver Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings on Monday, the Giants freed salary-cap room to ensure they're equipped to meet JPP's desires and keep him off the open market. With that end in mind, the team is anticipated to escalate talks with Pierre-Paul in the coming days and weeks, with a $12 million-per-year contract reportedly a realistic figure for striking a deal. After playing just eight games in 2015 following a notorious fireworks accident, Pierre-Paul registered 53 tackles and seven sacks while defending eight passes in 12 appearances this past season.
Pierre-Paul (groin) was ruled out for Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Packers. Pierre-Paul missed each of the past four games after going under the knife to repair a sports hernia in early December. Kerry Wynn will continue to start in his absence.