Report: Giants pulled $60 million offer to Jason Pierre-Paul after fireworks incident
The New York Giants are pulling a long-term offer that they made to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, according to a report.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network notes that the offer was for $60 million and the Giants pulled it after Pierre-Paul injured his hand in a fireworks accident over the holiday weekend. While the Giants are reportedly concerned about the timing of the mishap and the “apparent judgment displayed” by the 26-year-old defensive end, the decision to pull the offer should not affect Pierre-Paul’s current situation with the team. He had no intention of accepting the deal and still had yet to sign his franchise tender, which is worth $14.8 million for the 2015 season.
Pierre-Paul’s best option at this point appears to be signing the tender, though the Giants could even pull that offer if they so choose. They could also place Pierre-Paul on the non-football injury list for 2015 and not pay him a dime, as we explained in further detail here.
Pierre-Paul is arguably New York’s best defensive player, having recorded 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles last season. The best case scenario for both sides would be that early reports of Pierre-Paul mangling his hand pretty badly were inaccurate.
However, it should be noted that Pierre-Paul was reportedly still in the hospital as of Monday afternoon — two days after the accident. Doctors are supposedly still working to determine if he has nerve damage. At this point, it seems safe to label the injury “somewhat serious” at the very least. If not, you would think Pierre-Paul would have been out of the hospital by now.