Tuesday September 8th, 2015

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will sign the franchise tag when he is healthy and receive a prorated portion of $14.8 million, reports NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

Pierre-Paul's hand, which he injured during a July 4 fireworks accident, may not be ready to play for more than a month, reports Rapoport and Aditi Kinkhabwala. 

Pierre-Paul visited the Giants on Monday for the first time since the injury to take a physical and discuss his contract situation. A hand exam revealed no broken bones, according to NFL.com.

Pierre-Paul has worked out separately from the team since his injury. He hopes to avoid being placed on the NFL's non-injury list, which could cost Pierre-Paul his salary for the first six weeks of the season.

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If Pierre-Paul signed the franchise tag now, the Giants could place him on the NFI list. If he returns before six weeks and signs the tag, he will recoup more of his salary.

The Giants open the season against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 13 on NBC's Sunday Night Football. 

– Rohan Nadkarni

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