With the official start to free agency only a few short weeks away, the New York Giants have reportedly been hard at work ensuring that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul does not hit the open market.
There’s been speculation about the team possibly slapping Pierre-Paul with the franchise tag, but early indications appear to be that it will not be necessary.
Late on Tuesday night, Pierre-Paul shared a Snapchat that seemed to suggest he was en route to East Rutherford to sign a lucrative deal. The temporary snap was saved by by Giants Daily.
Shortly thereafter, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who has been unapologetically public with his pleas to have JPP, Johnathan Hankins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie return in 2017, shared an equally curious tweet hours later.
— JackRabbit2.0 (@JjenkzLockdown) February 22, 2017
Does it mean that Pierre-Paul has agreed to terms on a new deal? Perhaps just a shared sense of optimism? Who really knows, but the hints being dropped certainly seem positive in nature.
Pierre-Paul, who returned last season after suffering a life-changing injury as part of a July 4th fireworks celebration a year prior, proved without a shadow of a doubt that he can not only continue to play in the NFL, but play at a high level. His projected free agent value was roughly $15 million.