Cole mentions that even after Pierre-Paul’s fireworks accident that led to him having his index finger amputated, skin grafts on his hand and upper arm, and a broken thumb, the defensive end is still unlikely to acquiesce to the Giants’ demands.
There is reportedly “tension” between the two parties, which could lead to JPP staying away from training the team’s training camp until he’s completely healthy.
On top of that, Cole suggests that the Giants may have to negotiate with Pierre-Paul to even get him to attend training camp workouts, which could include an agreement to not place him on the non-football injury list.
Pierre-Paul, 26, played out his five-year, $20.05 million rookie contract that included $11,629,807 million guaranteed. The Giants wound up using their franchise tag on Pierre-Paul back in early March, which will pay him a fully guaranteed salary of $14.813 million for the 2015 season.
However, if New York was to place him on the NFI list, Pierre-Paul would miss the first six weeks of the season and cost him around $6 million of pay.
In 2014, Pierre-Paul recorded 77 tackles, 12.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a recovery over the course of 16 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 7 defensive end in a 4-3 system out of 59 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Pierre-Paul and his injury as the news is available.