The New York Giants placed the franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Pau for the second time in three years.
On Monday the New York Giants placed the franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul for the second time in his career.
The two parties have yet to reach an agreement on a long-term deal for the franchise pass rusher, but with a tag in place, it gives Big Blue an advantage moving forward in the deal.
The franchise tag offers a player a one-year deal based on the top five salaries at the defensive end position last year, but the situation is still one of biblical proportions for the Giants. Pierre-Paul is presumably not going to be happy with the team’s decision to tag him, so General Manager Jerry Reese has to be pushing for a long-term deal to get done in the coming weeks.
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The Giants made the right move, and here is why. By placing a non-exclusive tag on Pierre-Paul the Giants allow for other teams to approach him come March 9, but if he were to sign with someone else, that team would owe the Giants two first-round picks.
If the Giants didn’t tag Pierre-Paul he could’ve walked as a free agent and the team would’ve gotten nothing. Now, with a two first-round pick price tag, Pierre-Paul has become virtually untouchable across the league.
Regardless of how talented Pierre-Paul might be, no team is going to give up two first round picks for him. He is an older player in the league, and he has not produced at the high volume he was expected to at the beginning of his career. The Giants have given themselves essentially until July 15 to work out a deal with the edge rusher, but they have to work to get the deal done sooner.
If a move isn’t made soon, being the veteran Pierre-Paul is, he will resent the team even more than he does now. The tag situation is one that is very selfish of the Giants, but it works. If they want Pierre-Paul back in blue for the end of his career, then this is a step in the right direction.
Fans should be happy to see that the team is ready to make aggressive moves this offseason to try and bring home a Lombardi Trophy in 2018. If the Giants can work to get a deal done, then it would allow room to draft the right positions, and to find the pieces for a championship team.
Pierre-Paul isn’t going to be happy with the non-exclusive tag, but if he wants to win with the Giants, he has to know that it is for the best interest of the team. Looking forward to next season, the Giants have one of the best defenses in the league which should be very appealing to Pierre-Paul in the money side of this one.
It is now Pierre-Paul’s turn to make a move in this chess match of money ball. It will be interesting to see whether or not he budges from the price he has put on himself, but if he does not, this deal might not have a decision until mid-July.