The one concern I had for the Giants coming into this offseason was losing JPP. Now that the little scare is over with I'll be okay with whatever happens from here on out. JPP is a unique defensive end, a very balanced defensive end, he's more than just a pass rusher. He defends against the run extremely well and when he can't get to the quarterback he'll just wait back, time the throw, and knock it down, so essentially he's a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. Having him on the field healthy was a total difference maker for the Giants this season. Him and Olivier Vernon together were becoming a force to be reckon with, and then JPP went down with another injury. I firmly believe if JPP doesn't get injured the Giants beat the Packers in that wildcard game, but that's a conversation for a different day.
Today isn't all flowers and skipping through meadows though, this franchise tag comes with a hefty price tag of $17 million. The Giants will have to pay Piere-Paul that amount if they fail to reach a long term agreement before July 15th. This gives them plenty of time to get a deal done, although you'd like to get this crap outta the way before mini camps and all that, to avoid the drama of the situation. Hopefully they can work out a new deal that's fair to both sides that doesn't completely wipe out the Giants cap space for this offseason. We still need to add a lot of pieces to become Super Bowl contenders and JPP handcuffing us with a huge payday could effect that.
Ill start worrying about that when it's time to go down that path. For now, I'll rejoice at the fact we didn't lose our most versatile and vital defensive player. Thank you Giants ffront office for not making a horrible decision letting this savage walk away. What are the Giants without two great pass rushers, not Super Bowl caliber, what are the Giants with two great pass rushers, Super Bowl Champions. Let's hope that formula keeps on working.