Four years, $62 million, $40 million total guaranteed.
That’s the contract former New York Giants’ general manager Jerry Reese made for veteran defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
After a season (2016) where JPP recorded seven sacks and only played in 12 games, Reese decided that giving him a monster contract was not only deserved, but expected.
The Giants’ edge-rusher played in all 16 games last season, amassing eight sacks and 48 tackles.
Let’s compare JPP’s number to a player that has a similar contract — Calais Campbell.
Campbell signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season with only $30 million total guaranteed compared to Pierre-Paul’s $40 million.
Here’s where things get interesting:
Campbell finished the 2017 campaign with 14.5 total sacks and 47 tackles — let’s not forget that Campbell hasn’t missed a game in three years. So, with these stats in mind, can we officially say Jerry Reese was taking drugs?
The Jaguars and dare I say Tom Coughlin inked Campbell to a stellar deal, and the edge rusher produced his worth. The Giants on the other hand paid top-dollar for a man with less than an adequate number of fingers who was coming off a sports hernia and has seen his career plagued with injuries…
In 2018, JPP will cost the Giants $17.5 million towards the cap-space, allocating nearly as much money as Eli Manning makes. To make things even worse, the potential out on his contract is in 2020, which would cost the Giants $49.5 million with an additional $5 million in dead cap.
Well, I think we can all agree Reese was out to destroy the organization once and for all… Luckily we caught him just in time to draft a punter in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Stats collected from Spotrac.com.