According to Graziano, there was still optimism as of Monday evening that Pierre-Paul might return to the Giants in 2016.
As of now, the Giants have offered Pierre-Paul just a one-year deal while trying to convince him that a return to New York gives him the best shot at returning to his prior form.
However, Graziano mentions that the issue right now is whether another team is willing to make Pierre-Paul a better offer. Graziano adds that there’s interest from other teams, but they may not be willing to offer him a long-term deal.
The Giants are also considering several other options at defensive end.
Pierre-Paul, 26, wound up receiving the Giants’ franchise tag last year, but because he suffered serious injury to his hand, the two parties later renegotiated a one-year deal worth up to $8.71 million based on incentives.
In 2015, Pierre-Paul recorded 20 tackles, a sack, two fumble recoveries and fouor pass defenses over the course of seven games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 16 defensive end in a 4-3 system out of 51 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.