Pierre-Paul would, obviously, need to pass a physical for the team and be able to hold up during games now that he has a severely damaged hand.
Cole admits that the Giants could still place him on the non-football injury list if he signs his franchise tender. There’s also the possibility that New York could hold him out for the entire season if he continues to have problems, which would create more issues at a later time..
Cole expects the NFLPA to protest if the Giants ultimately hold JPP out for the entire season. The point of contention here could be whether Pierre-Paul would become a free agent or remain a franchise player for the Giants.
Cole adds that this, obviously, will require Pierre-Paul to pass a physical for the team. However, given the condition of his injured hand, it seems unlikely that he’ll be able to pass a physical next week.
Last week, reports mentioned that JPP was expected to meet with the team during the week, but no meeting ever took place.
The two sides will still need to work out an agreement regarding his franchise tender, which is likely to be another obstacle as the Giants could place him on the non-football injury list if he signs his tender.
New York wound up placing JPP on the reserve/franchise player list a few months ago. It’s worth mentioning that while he’s on this list, JPP won’t count against the team’s 53-man roster until he’s activated.
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, Pierre-Paul is currently not being paid, and his compensation will need to be addressed before he returns to the field, as the Giants could place him on the non-football injury list if he were to sign his franchise tender.
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 the Giants as the news is available.