A year after his career was at a crossroads, the New York Giants and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul reportedly have agreed on a four-year contract that ESPN says is worth $17 million annually plus $54 million guaranteed.
Pierre-Paul, 28, severely damaged his right hand in the summer of 2015, and the recovery dropped his production from 12.5 sacks in 16 games in 2014 to one in eight games in 2015. He returned to form with seven sacks in 12 games in 2016, and the Giants rewarded the anchor of their defensive line by agreeing to the long-term deal several weeks after they placed the franchise tag on him.
The amount of guaranteed money the two-time Pro Bowl selection received shows the Giants have no concerns at all about his ability to play effectively with the damaged hand. New York is trying to build upon a season in which it went 11-5 and lost to Green Bay in the first round of the playoffs.