We haven’t seen Haitian-American six-year NFL veteran Jason Pierre-Paul on the field this season after he suffered serious injuries in a July 4 fireworks accident in Florida. Pierre-Paul’s right index finger was amputated in surgery following the accident. He has been working out and rehabbing in his home state of Florida.
The Giants today announced they have reached a contract agreement with Jason Pierre-Paul that will enable the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end to report to the team and begin working toward a return to the playing field.
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Pierre-Paul has signed a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Giants, the team announced Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first broke the news. The Giants are “comfortable” with where Pierre-Paul is physically after examining his hand this week.
The Giants received a two-week roster exemption for him to start practicing. The roster exemption means the team has two weeks to activate Pierre-Paul as he gets back into football shape. Pierre-Paul told the team’s website he feels “younger” after his time away from the game.
“What a humbling experience this has been for me!” Pierre-Paul wrote on Instagram.
Pierre-Paul lost a finger and damaged other parts of his hand in a July 4 fireworks accident, raising doubts about his ability to continue playing football. The team had used its franchise tag on the two-time Pro Bowl pass rusher in March, but Pierre-Paul had not signed his $14.8 million tender before the injury and has not been under contract since the offseason began. He’s expected to sign a prorated deal that will be heavy on incentives.
The Giants have survived JPP’s absence well, going 4-3. But they have virtually no pass rush and they are No. 29 in the NFL in yards allowed on defense. Pierre-Paul is exactly what this defense needs in a critical season for coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese.
After a difficult offseason for both the team and Pierre-Paul, both sides were all smiles Tuesday.
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— New York Giants (@Giants) October 27, 2015
What a humbling experience this has been for me! I'd like to take the time out to thank God FIRST for giving me a second opportunity to play football. I'd also like to thank the Giants organization for believing in me to play for them again and to be alongside my brothers during the 2015 Season. Also, want to thank My Family , Friends, Eugene Parker, Danny Martoe, Realitivity sports, Dr. Owens, Dr. Askari, Dr. Potparic, Debbie (hand therapist), Mike Alessi, Impact sports facility and staff, Coach John Blake, Pastor O'brien,Fans and everyone who was keeping me in their prayers and believed in me! God is good all the time! Have faith , patience and prayer with you always! Let's go Big Blue! #90PowerCircle #ImBack