New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has been given the franchise tag…
The New York Giants were unable to reach a long-term contract extension with young Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, but they will bring him back with the franchise tag.
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The franchise tag for a defensive end is worth $14.813 million.
While the Giants may not pay Pierre-Paul this much if they sign him to an extension, he is easily the most important component of their pass rush.
After two disappointing seasons in a row, Pierre-Paul showed his 2011 form once again by registering 12.5 sacks.
He had previously suffered injuries, such as a back injury in 2013.
Pierre-Paul is only 26 years old, and he will have another contract year to prove to the Giants that he is a long-term solution. He set a career-high for sacks with 16.5 in 2011.
Although he has signed the franchise tag, it is non-exclusive, which means other teams can negotiate with the Pro Bowler. The Giants can match any offer or receive two first-round picks in return for him signing with another team.