Jason Pierre-Paul has signed a new one-year deal with the New York Giants. The defensive end, who said he has "unfinished business" with the Giants, turned down more money elsewhere to remain in New York, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. ESPN's Adam Schefter adds that the contract is worth up to $10.5 million. Pierre-Paul returned to action last season despite a fireworks-related injury that left him with a mangled right hand.
Pierre-Paul acknowledge the new deal on his Instagram account, saying, "I would like to thank each and every organization that reached out to my agent during this process especially the Arizona Cardinals . It was hard to decide, but me and my family decided that it's best for me to stay in New York, just being in the NFL is a privilege and I am honored."
Pierre-Paul lost one finger and damaged two others on July 4, and though he played in eight games this past season, he had to wear a special glove and had difficulty grabbing quarterbacks and running backs trying to get past him. He was a sack artist prior to his injury and was on the cusp of a massive contract extension with the Giants or a lucrative deal on the open market.
A year ago, the Giants used the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul, but he didn't sign the tender before his injury in hopes of getting a bigger contract. Before his return to the field, the pass rusher signed a one-year deal for the 2015 season.
Pierre-Paul made his season debut in Week 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, recording one sack and 26 total tackles through the end of the regular season. He looked fast off the line and his pass-rushing moves were still good, but he missed tackles and wasn't the same player who put up 12.5 sacks in 2014.
After the season, Pierre-Paul underwent another surgery on his hand to help with his grip. His recovery from the injury is ongoing.