Jason Pierre-Paul Returns To Practice, Buccaneers Cut Four


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday that DE Jason Pierre-Paul has returned to practice and opened his 21-day practice period. The Bucs will need to add him to their active roster at some point in the next three weeks.

The Buccaneers also waived LB Devante Bond and WR Bobo Wilson and released LB Demone Harris and RB Darius Jackson from their practice squad.

Here’s the Buccaneers updated practice squad:

  1. S John Battle
  2. DL Terry Beckner
  3. CB Mazzi Wilkins
  4. OT Brad Seaton
  5. TE Jordan Leggett
  6. WR Amara Darboh
  7. QB Chad Kanoff

Pierre-Paul suffered a fractured vertebra after he was involved in a car accident. After receiving several opinions on his injury, Pierre-Paul decided to not undergo surgery, which left him with a five- or six-month timetable. 

The Buccaneers placed Pierre-Paul on the non-football injury list at the start of training camp. The team has said they expect him back potentially in October. 

Pierre-Paul, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Giants back in 2010. He played out his rookie contract with New York before agreeing to a four-year, $62 million contract that includes $40 million guaranteed.

The Giants later traded Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers last year for third- and fourth-round picks. Pierre-Paul stood to make base salaries of $13,250,000 (2019) and $11,250,000 (2020) over the remainder of the contract when he agreed to a restructured deal last month that will make Pierre-Paul a free agent after this season. 

In 2018, Pierre-Paul appeared in 16 games for the Buccaneers and recorded 58 tackles, 12.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two pass defenses.

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