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.
From JPP's Snapchat (prior to boarding a plane to NY/NJ): pic.twitter.com/8QiuzG92Ns
— Giants Daily (@NYGDaily) February 21, 2017
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.