Report: Giants don’t want to pay the full $14.8 million franchise tender to Jason Pierre-Paul

images (70)The New York Giants finally got to see defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul for the first since his fireworks incident on Monday. Pierre-Paul took a physical and talked with team officials for a few hours as the Giants are getting ready for their season opener on Sunday. While there are reports that Pierre-Paul looks to be in-shape and could play Sunday, the Giants have another issue to deal with. According to Ian Rapport of NFL Media, the Giants don’t want to pay the full $14.8 million franchise tender to Pierre-Paul.

 

Pierre-Paul took a physical, and once a determination is made between his doctors and the Giants’ doctors regarding his health, negotiations on JPP’s $14.8-million franchise tender will be next, a team source said.

Before he signs his contract, however, there will be negotiations between the two sides to arrive on a financial solution for a player who might miss some games because of his non-football injury. Pierre-Paul believes he can play early in the season, though it remains to be seen how much.

Then there is the contract issue. Pierre-Paul wants to avoid the reserve/non-football injury list, which would allow the Giants to dock his pay for six games (costing him $5.5 million). The Giants want to avoid paying him all $14.8 million, considering it was an off-the-field injury that likely will cause him to miss time.

 

Pierre-Paul put himself in a tough position after he messed his hand up. Now it looks like he will lose some more money due to this as well. But all will be forgiving if he can show that his hand won’t stop him from playing at a high level.

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