New York Giants sign top two draft picks
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)
The New York Giants are going to training camp with all their draft picks signed.
The Giants announced late Saturday night that first-round choice Jason Pierre-Paul signed a multi-year contract just hours after second-round choice Linval Joseph signed his contract.
The deals came less than 24 hours before the Giants reported to training camp at the University at Albany.
Pierre-Paul, the 15th pick overall, got a five-year contract worth roughly $20 million with more than $11 million guaranteed. The defensive end from South Florida signed the contract around 8:30 p.m., about three hours after Joseph put his signature on a contract valued at about $4 million.
Pierre-Paul is an unbelievable athlete for a defensive end, but he might take time to develop. In his only season at South Florida, he had 45 tackles with 6 1/2 sacks for minus-29 yards. He also had 16 1/2 tackles for losses and a team-high seven quarterback pressures.
Pierre-Paul also forced two fumbles, deflected three passes and intercepted another that he returned 18 yards for a touchdown against Syracuse.
Joseph of East Carolina is a big run stopper who blossomed at defensive tackle after losing more than 70 pounds after his freshman season. The 46th pick overall in the draft had 60 tackles this past season with three sacks and 14 quarterback pressures.
The Giants also reached an agreement with free agent safety John Busing on Saturday.
David Canter, Busing's agent, said his client was flying from Atlanta to training camp on Saturday and would sign his contract when he arrived.