Giants DE Pierre-Paul Not Likely To Sign His Tender Till He’s Sure He Can Pass Physical

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Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is unlikely to sign his $14.81 million franchise tender until he’s confident he can pass the team’s physical, league sources told Ed Werder of ESPN on Friday.

If Pierre-Paul, who had his right index finger amputated Wednesday as a result of a fireworks accident, were to sign the tender, the Giants could put him on the nonfootball injury list at the start of camp. If he’s still on that list at the start of the regular season, he has to miss at least the first six games, and the Giants could elect not to pay him for those games. But if Pierre-Paul doesn’t sign the tender before camp, then he gains some control over when he gets on the field and could prevent the team from starting him on the nonfootball injury list to begin the season.

Pierre-Paul, the team’s leader in sacks last season, has undergone multiple surgeries, including amputation of his right index finger and having pins inserted into his thumb to stabilize fractures. A source said doctors have told Pierre-Paul the fractures will require about six weeks of healing. That timetable would not have Pierre-Paul physically capable of returning until the Giants’ second preseason game at the earliest.

“Jason is focused on the process, getting through the medical stuff, and then he will deal with the other stuff,” the source said.


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