The New York Giants are withdrawing a long-term, $60 million contract offer made to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Pierre-Paul severely injured his hand in a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July, making his immediate and long-term future with the team uncertain.
This is a contract offer that's likely been on the table for some time as the two sides work to avoid Pierre-Paul playing on the $14.8 million franchise tender that has been extended to him. Pierre-Paul has not yet signed the tender and thus, the 26-year-old wasn't officially under contract when the incident occurred. There's been no talk about the Giants rescinding the franchise tag at this stage, a move that would make Pierre-Paul a free agent.
Pierre-Paul wasn't planning on signing the $60 million deal, according to the report. The deadline to sign an extension before Pierre-Paul is forced to play on the franchise tag is July 15, and it's likely the two sides would have kept negotiating a long-term deal leading up to that date. With the injury being so recent, the Giants don't have all the information they need to keep that kind of deal out there.
Pierre-Paul is coming off a renaissance 2014 season. He led the Giants with 12.5 sacks in 16 games after recording just 8.5 total sacks in 2012 and 2013 combined. He also had a career-high three forced fumbles. The Giants liked Pierre-Paul well enough to make him one of the highest-paid players on the team for next season, but his long-term future with the Giants remains a question mark.