Giants Put Franchise Tag on JPP
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Even after blowing up part of his hand in a fireworks accident before the 2015 season, and losing JPP for the last few games in 2016 with a sports hernia, the Giants still think enough about him (and want him on the team badly enough) to place their Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag on him for the 2017 season.
What that means is that the Giants are guaranteeing JPP a salary no less than the average of the top 5 salaries at his position OR 120 percent of the players previous salary…whichever is greater. (By the way, that’s $17 million bucks. More than $1 million a game. DAYUM.)
What the non-exclusive part means is that JPP is still free to neogtiate with other teams. If he signs a deal with another team, the Giants can match that offer or decline. If they decline to match, they receive 2 first round picks from the team signing him,
JPP is a very good player. I don’t know if I’d call him great. He’s become VERY good in the run game, while his pass-rushing skills have slowed down a little as he’s gotten older and bulked up a little. Regardless, it’s a one year deal with the Giants so far and they have the salary cap room in order to make it work this year. Of course, I’m sure the Giants would love a long term deal with JPP considering how hard it is to find consistently good Defensive Ends in the NFL. And if another team signs him to a monster deal (unlikely), the Giants get a haul in draft picks.