Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who has not played a single game this season, has reached a one-year contract agreement with the New York Giants in a deal that runs through for the rest of the 2015 season.
ESPN reported the one-year deal stating that the contract is heavy with incentives depending on Pierre-Paul’s availability for the rest of the year.
The 26-year-old Pierre-Paul is expected to rejoin the team around Week 10 to Week 12 after suffering from a Fourth of July fireworks accident that damaged his hand. Pierre-Paul already worked out with the Giants last Wednesday and was due for a large contract extension before the injury.
“I'd like to take the time out to thank God FIRST for giving me a second opportunity to play football," Pierre-Paul posted on Instagram after the signing.
Pierre-Paul, who was the first round pick by the Giants in the 2010 NFL Draft or the 15th overall selection, was one of the best defensive players for New York the previous five seasons. For his career, he has accumulated 286 tackles, 42 sacks and two interceptions in the regular season and 18 tackles, 0.5 sacks in four postseason games.
Pierre-Paul helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 winning against the New England Patriots, 21-17 in the NFL championship game.
The Giants have lost back-to-back games to start the season, to the Dallas Cowboys (27-26) and Atlanta Falcons (24-20), but have won four of their last five games. They beat the Washington Redskins (32-21), Buffalo Bills (24-10), San Francisco 49ers (30-27) and Cowboys (27-20) and lost to the Philadelphia Eagles (27-7) in this stretch.