Tuesday February 17th, 2015

The New York Giants will use the non-exclusive franchise tag on free agent defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, Steve Serby of the New York Post reports.

Serby reports the Giants would like to work out a long-term deal with Pierre-Paul. If the two sides can't agree on a contract, he will earn $14.6 million next season. The tag allows other teams to offer Pierre-Paul a contract, but will have to sacrifice two first-round picks if he signs with them.

Pierre-Paul, who turns 26 later this month, is a two-time Pro Bowler and was named to the All-Pro First Team in 2011. He has played his entire career with the Giants since being the No. 15 pick in the 2010 draft.

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Following a pair of disappointing seasons, Pierre-Paul rebounded with 12.5 sacks last season, bringing his five-year total to 42.0.

New York finished No. 22 in scoring defense and No. 29 in yards allowed last season. The Giants fired defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and re-hired Steve Spagnuolo to replace him.

The Giants finished 6-10 last season, missing the playoffs for the third straight season.

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