Jason Pierre-Paul still has no clear timeline for a return as he continues to recover from a neck injury, but there is now a chance the star defensive end will never play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers again.
Pierre-Paul and the Bucs have agreed to a reworked contract that will now expire following the 2019 season, ESPN’s Field Yates reports. The new deal clears salary cap space for the team while allowing Pierre-Paul to collect more than $10 million this year and potentially become a free agent if he is cleared to play.
The Bucs and DE Jason Pierre-Paul have agreed to a reworked contract that now expires after this season, per source. The Bucs cleared $4.4M in cap space, while JPP gets $10M+ in pay plus a path to FA in March. A compromise for both sides as JPP continues to rehab his neck.
Pierre-Paul was in the third year of a four-year, $62 million contract he signed with the New York Giants back in 2017. The Giants traded him to Tampa prior to the 2018 season for draft picks. The 30-year-old made a huge impact with the Bucs last year, as his 12.5 sacks in 16 games were the most he has had since 2014. However, yet another non-football injury changed his career path during the offseason.
Pierre-Paul was recently allowed to resume rehab after his car crash, which is good news for his chances of playing in 2019. There’s just no real way of knowing when he may be ready, but it won’t be until at least mid-October.
The 30-year-old made a huge impact in his first season with Tampa Bay in 2018, collecting 12.5 sacks in 16 games.
Jason Pierre-Paul has received some great news as he looks to return from a car crash earlier this year.
Pierre-Paul sustained a fractured neck during a single-car crash in South Florida in May. The belief at the time was that the injuries from the crash could keep him out for the season. The good news for Pierre-Paul is that he has been cleared to resume rehab activities, according to a report from NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.
Less than four months after suffering a fractured vertebra in a car wreck, #Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul has been cleared by club and independent doctors to resume rehab activities, sources say. Still a process to be cleared to play, but positive steps after rare and serious injury.
Pierre-Paul was placed on the active/NFI list in July and would be out the first six games of the season if moved to the reserve/NFI list.
The 30-year-old defensive lineman made a huge impact on the Buccaneers’ defense last season, recording 12.5 sacks in 16 games. He was acquired by the Bucs in a trade with the Giants last year and is in the third season of a four-year, $62 million contract.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul will take the non-surgical route in trying to recover from his fractured vertebra.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, no surgery is planned for Pierre-Paul at this point, and the team is holding out hope that he will be able to play at some point during the 2019 season.
After receiving several opinions on his fractured vertebra, #Bucs pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul is proceeding with the non-surgical option, sources say. As coach Bruce Arians said publicly, the hope is he plays during the 2019 season. But no surgery is planned at this point.
The original fear was that Pierre-Paul would sit out the entire 2019 season after sustaining serious injuries in a one-car crash. It’s too soon to say whether he’ll avoid that fate, but the fact that Pierre-Paul and the Buccaneers are taking a non-surgical route suggests they think he can heal naturally and play some part in the 2019 season.
Jason Pierre-Paul was involved in a serious car accident last week that may result in him missing the entire 2019 season, but it does not sound like any type of reckless activity led to the crash.
ESPN’s Jenna Laine obtained a copy of the police report from the accident involving Pierre-Paul, and the officer at the scene concluded that weather and wet conditions were contributing factors in the accident. He did not suspect alcohol or drug use and did not administer a field sobriety test. The officer also noted that the driver was “not distracted.”
Pierre-Paul and one other passenger were in the car at the time of the crash, and theirs was the only vehicle involved. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say their medical staff is still evaluating the star defensive end, but a report claims he suffered a neck fracture and could miss the entire 2019 season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers revealed last week that Jason Pierre-Paul was involved in a car accident and treated at the hospital, and they are not providing any additional information in the wake of a report that the defensive lineman could miss the entire 2019 season.
“As we stated last week following the news of Jason’s auto accident, our immediate concern was for both Jason and his passenger,” Licht said. “While Jason was treated and released in south Florida the same day of the accident, we wanted to ensure that our medical team had an opportunity to perform a thorough evaluation here in Tampa, and that process is currently ongoing.”
Schefter said Pierre-Paul is scheduled to meet with some specialists, but the early belief is that he will not play in 2019.
Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a serious injury in a car accident he was involved in last week, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end is at risk of missing the entire 2019 season as a result.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Pierre-Paul sustained a fractured neck in a single-car crash in South Florida, and he is set to visit with specialists this week to determine if he will be able to play at all in 2019.
Tampa DE Jason Pierre Paul suffered a potential season-ending fractured neck injury in a single-car accident last week in south Florida, league sources tell ESPN. Pierre-Paul will visit neck specialists this week to get their opinions to see if there’s hope to save this season.
The details of the accident are unclear, but it is obviously shocking that yet another off-field incident may alter Pierre-Paul’s career. The former New York Giants infamously lost a portion of his hand in a gruesome fireworks accident several years ago, and he had to wear a club on his hand and change the way he played because of it.
Pierre-Paul made a huge impact on the Buccaneers’ defense last season, recording 12.5 sacks in 16 games. Losing him for the year — or even a large portion of it — would be a major blow.