By Rob Schardt
The Giants defensive line now has a different look to it. 12 months after Jerry Reece signed JPP to a 4 year 62-million-dollar contract, new general manager Dave Gettleman has shipped the 2 time pro bowler and fan favorite, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The swap includes the G-men receiving a third (69Th) and fourth (108) round pick and the Buccaneers receiving Pierre-Paul and a fourth rounder (102).
Pierre-Paul was selected with the 15th pick in the 2010 NFL draft, where he was a main part of the success of the Giants Super Bowl XLVI victory over the New England Patriots. Pierre-Paul would emerge as the anchor and captain of the Giants defense who totaled 433 total tackles, 58 sacks, 3 defensive touchdowns, and 13 forced fumbles in his career with the Giants
The trade has broken many Giant fans hearts, but does make sense if the team plans for the feature. As contract extensions for both All-Pros Landon Collins and Odell Beckham loom, it wad best to move JPP and his contract. Both Collins and Beckham will come with hefty a price tag if the team plans on signing them long term, and if the team plans to win it is best to lock them up NOW. Now the team frees up $2.5 million in cap space foe 2018 and the team does not have to pay him the $19.5 in 2019 and $17.5 million in 2020.
The Giants also plan on changing their defensive scheme to a 3-4 under the new defensive coordinator, James Bettcher. The trade also puts into question what the team will do with the 2nd overall pick in the draft as well. Could Bradley Chubb now be the replacement for JPP, or does the team go Quarterback or offensive linemen? We do not know but it will definitely be extremely interesting to wait for.
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