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Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (August 28, 2014)

Jason Pierre-Paul – © USA TODAY Sports Images

New York Giants Officials Visit Jason Pierre-Paul: According to multiple media reports, New York Giants team officials traveled to Florida on Tuesday to visit defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in a Miami-area hospital. Pierre-Paul badly injured himself in a July 4th fireworks accident at his South Florida home on Saturday. Media reports on Sunday and Monday indicated that Pierre-Paul suffered serious burns to fingers and palm of one of his hands, resulting in possible nerve damage to one of the fingers. However, the Giants are clearly trying to determine for themselves the true extent and severity of the injuries.

The New York Daily News is reporting that the team sent Vice President of Medical Services Ronnie Barnes to check on Pierre-Paul on Monday afternoon, but he was not able to receive much information or examine Pierre-Paul. Apparently most of the information has come from Pierre-Paul’s agent and that’s why the team has not issued a press release on the situation.

ESPN reported on Monday that Pierre-Paul might miss all of training camp and the preseason, as well as the start of the regular-season, because of the injuries. There is media speculation that Pierre-Paul will be placed on Non-Football Injury (NFI) List at the start of training camp. However, a team official told The Daily News, “Until we know what we’re dealing with, nobody knows if he’ll miss anything.”

Pierre-Paul was designated the team’s Franchise Player in early March with a 1-year, $14.813 million tender. Pierre-Paul has yet to sign the tender and the Giants have not yet rescinded it since the accident on Saturday. Per Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) rules, NFL teams have until July 15th to sign Franchise Players to multi-year contracts. If not, the Franchise Player must play out the 2015 season on his 1-year tender.

There were conflicting reports on Monday and Tuesday on the status of long-term contract talks between the Giants and Pierre-Paul. On Monday, NFL.com reported that the Giants had pulled a $60 million, multi-year contract offer off of the table. On the other hand, The New York Post said that the long-term offer had not been pulled.

On Tuesday, The New York Daily News reported that a team official said that the NFL.com story on the $60 million contract offer was not accurate since there had never been any serious long-term contract talks. That said, the team source told The Daily News that there is now “no chance” that the team would re-sign Pierre-Paul to a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline and that Pierre-Paul’s only option is to sign the 1-year, $14.813 million tender. The Daily News says the team is not currently considering rescinding the tender.

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