According to Vacchiano, Pierre-Paul has “far exceeded” their expectations on the field this season since returning from a serious fireworks accident.
Interestingly enough, Vacchiano mentions that the Giants are well aware of the fact that JPP could command a high salary on the open market, even with the concerns about his hand.
Several agents tell Vacchiano that Pierre-Paul could ultimately command close to $10-million-per-year in his next contract due to supply and demand for edge rushers.
JPP and his representatives are likely to argue that he can “only get better” and outside of Jets’ Muhammad Wilkerson, Pierre-Paul is likely the next best option, depending on how teams feel about Greg Hardy.
While the Giants do have a good amount of cap space to work with next year, Vacchiano doesn’t think it’s realistic for them to use their franchise tag on him again in 2016, as it would run them close to $17 million.
Yesterday, Pierre-Paul told reporters that he will need to undergo more surgeries on his hand that was damaged in a fireworks incident this summer, per Vacchiano.
Pierre-Paul said that the procedure would be to his right middle finger, and would be designed to improve his grip, per Paul Schwartz.
JPP did, however, make it clear that he wants to return to the Giants in 2016, and is still hoping to finish his career with the team.
“I want to be here next year,” Pierre-Paul said, per Schwartz. “I would like to finish my career here.”
Pierre-Paul, 26, wound up receiving the Giants’ franchise tag during the offseason, 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 listed as the No. 14 player in our Top 25- 2016 Free Agents list.