No Long-Term Deal for Jason Pierre-Paul: As expected, there will be no long-term deal for New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in 2015. The deadline for NFL teams to sign their Franchise players passed at 4:00PM on July 15. Thus, if Pierre-Paul is physically able to play this season, he must do so on a 1-year contract. Pierre-Paul is the only Franchise player this year not to work out a long-term deal with his team.
The Giants designated Pierre-Paul their Franchise player in March with a 1-year, $14.813 million tender. Pierre-Paul has not yet signed that tender. He can still do so, or the Giants could rescind the tender (immediately making him an unrestricted free agent), or both sides can agree to a new 1-year contract compromise.
Pierre-Paul suffered serious injuries to his right hand in a July 4th fireworks accident at his South Florida home. There is still no concrete word on the true extent of Pierre-Paul’s injuries which are believed to include a right index finger amputation (including knuckle), fractured right thumb (requiring pins), skin grafts to his lower right arm, and possibly additional finger and hand fractures.
If the Giants eventually choose to attempt to re-sign Pierre-Paul to a long-term deal, they must now wait until the 2015 season is over. But unless Pierre-Paul is tendered again with a Franchise tag, there is no guarantee that he will return since he will become an unrestricted free agent.
Marcus Harris Had Microfracture Surgery: As we previously reported, WR Marcus Harris was waived/injured by the Giants on Wednesday. It was believed that Harris had relatively minor arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after the team’s mini-camp in June. However, NJ.com is reporting that the surgical procedure revealed a more serious issue which required much more serious microfracture surgery. The recovery time for microfracture surgery, which is sometimes career-threatening, is 5-6 months. The surgery basically ended his season before it started.
Harris impressed during training camp last year but was sidelined with shoulder and hip injuries that landed him on season-ending Injured Reserve in late August. Before that time, he had been receiving some first-team reps and looked to make the 53-man roster.
“No need to feel sad or sorry for me,” Harris said. “I don’t feel that way for myself.”