The New York Giants have agreed to terms on a contract with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, ending his nearly four-month absence from the team after a fireworks accident.
Pierre-Paul signed the contract after passing a physical earlier Tuesday. He is guaranteed $1.5 million in base salary plus a total of $1.5 million in per game roster bonuses, according to multiple reports. Additional playing time and sack incentives push the total potential value of the contract to $8.7 million.
The Giants were granted a two-week roster exemption that will allow Pierre-Paul to practice without counting against the 53-man cap.
Pierre-Paul lost his index finger and a portion of his thumb in the fireworks accident, and also had surgery on his middle finger. The Giants first examined his hand last month, and reportedly came away fearing the injury could be career-ending. Pierre-Paul has remained optimistic that his level of play will be largely unaffected, tweeting in September that he thought the index finger wouldn’t impact his ability to record sacks.
- Dan Gartland