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Bye-Bye Big Blue: Giants Trade Jason Pierre-Paul To Buccaneers

March 22, 2018 - 4:18 pm
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (WFAN) -- The Giants are moving on from Jason Pierre-Paul.

Big Blue traded the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday. The Giants are receiving a third-round pick in next month's draft. The teams are also swapping fourth-rounders, with New York moving back six spots from No. 102 overall to No. 108.

The Giants drafted Pierre-Paul 15th overall in 2010 out of South Florida. Over eight seasons, he had 58 1/2 sacks, 433 tackles and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns. JPP was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011 and 2012, and he was a member of the Giants' last Super Bowl-winning team in 2011.

"We appreciate everything Jason has done for the Giants,” general manager Dave Gettleman said in a news release. “He was a fine player for us, and he helped our franchise win Super Bowl XLVI. We wish him well in the future.”

In March 2017, New York re-signed Pierre-Paul to a four-year, $62 million contract with $40 million guaranteed. He is set to earn $12.5 million this season.

The trade creates $2.5 million in salary-cap savings this year, but the Giants will also have to eat $15 million in dead money.

Pierre-Paul, 29, was on the verge of establishing himself as an elite pass rusher in the NFL when he was involved in a fireworks accident on July 4, 2015, that cost him his right index finger and the tip of his thumb, and put his career in doubt. Not knowing whether JPP, a free agent at the time, would return to his old form on the field, the Giants pulled a long-term, $60 million contract offer off the table, and he ended up playing that season on the one-year franchise tag. 

Pierre-Paul returned to play eight games in 2015, and then he finally earned his big-money contract after he registered seven sacks in 12 games during the Giants' 2016 playoff season. Last year, he had 8 1/2 sacks.

With a new general manager, head coach and defensive coordinator, the Giants are in the process of reshaping a roster that produced just three wins last season. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher is making the switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4, which likely made Pierre-Paul expendable.

The trade is stirring speculation that the Giants could be eyeing North Carolina State edge rusher Bradley Chubb with the second overall pick in the draft.

Pierre-Paul told Kimberly Jones of NFL Network and WFAN that Giants GM Dave Gettleman called to tell him he had been traded after he had received "an offer they couldn't refuse." JPP added that he's happy he'll now be closer to his son, who lives in South Florida.

Just talked to JPP, who said Dave Gettleman called to tell him he’d been traded to Bucs. JPP said DG told him it was “an offer they couldn’t refuse.” JPP said he is happy he’ll be closer to his son, who lives in S Florida. #NYG

“Thank you to the Giants for the eight years I spent there," Pierre-Paul told Jones. "They’re making changes. I understand that. Thank you to fans that supported me, and thanks for the great Super Bowl run that we had.”