The New York Giants announced they have placed their franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul on Monday afternoon.
First reported by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Giant assigned their franchise tag to the 28-year-old Pierre-Paul after surveying interest from other teams around the league. A strategic move, the Giants now have full control of contract negotiations with Pierre-Paul up until July 15 at 4 p.m. The Giants will look to try and negotiate a long-term contract. If not, Pierre-Paul will have to play under the one year, $17 million franchise tag.
Pierre-Paul has expressed his displeasure of playing under another one year contract. He was placed under the franchise tag in 2015, prior to his July 4 fireworks incident. Pierre-Paul posted seven sacks, 53 combined tackles (35 total, 18 assisted), three forced fumbles, and eight passes defended in 12 games last season. His season was cut short due to a groin injury suffered in Week 13, but his tremendous stats through 12 games speak for themselves.
“I’m not playing on no one-year deal,” said Pierre-Paul, at the end of the Giants playoff run. “I’ve proved it. I’ve showed it. There is not really another guy like me out here doing it with 7 ½ fingers still.”
Pierre-Paul proved last season that he is a force to be reckoned with in the NFL, and the Giants know that, which is why he was placed on the franchise tag. With interest coming around the league, and the possibility of a division rival signing Pierre-Paul, it was a move that the Giants had to make.
There is the possibility that both the Giants and Pierre-Paul could reach a mutual parting-of-ways if they cannot agree on a long-term contract. Last season, the Carolina Panthers placed the franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman. However, both sides could not agree to terms on a long-term deal, which resulted in the Panthers rescinding the franchise tag from Norman. Norman the proceeded to sign a five-year, $75 million contract with the Washington Redskins.
Placing the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul is a smart decision on the Giants’ part, although it is not a guarantee that Pierre-Paul will be locked in for the team next season. We will continue to cover this topic once more details are released down the road.