Report: Jason Pierre-Paul to skip Giants' mandatory minicamp
Tom Coughlin is not going to be a happy man. The New York Giants' head coach has gone on the record saying he expected defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to be in attendance when the team opened up their mandatory minicamp. Pierre-Paul has skipped out on all nine of the Giants' voluntary OTA practices over the last few weeks, and he has yet to sign his franchise tag tender.
As the mandatory minicamp kicks off on Tuesday, Coughlin is not going to be a happy man. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that Pierre-Paul is one of a few players around the league who have not signed their franchise tender, and therefore will not attend the minicamp.
When Pierre-Paul does choose to sign his franchise tag tender, he will be guaranteed a one-year contract worth close to $15 million. Like most NFL players entering their prime, Pierre-Paul wants a long-term deal that guarantees him more money up front. There have been no reports that a long-term extension between Pierre-Paul and the Giants is anywhere close to getting done, and sources close to the situation believe it is likely that he will play out the 2015 season without one.
Pierre-Paul is coming off a final stretch where he racked up nine sacks in the team's final five games. With Antrel Rolle and Justin Tuck no longer in the picture, Coughlin and the team are likely hoping that Pierre-Paul can fill the leadership void as one of the defense's most tenured players. In order to do that, he's going to have to sign his franchise tender and show up to help lead by example.
(h/t True Jersey)
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