Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul leaves the New York Giants after a stately eight years. The four-time Super Bowl champion gave the 29-year-old, who had lost his right index finger in an accident with a firecracker in the summer of 2015 and since then with a rail, in exchange for a third-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Two four-round picks for the 2018 draft were also exchanged.

“Today is a bittersweet day,” wrote Jason Pierre-Paul after announcing the trade on his Instagram page. “When I look back on my time with the Giants, then I’m filled with pride and gratitude.”

The Super Bowl Champion of 2011/12 (21:17 on February 5, 2012 against the New England Patriots), who won two Pro Bowl nominations, 68 tackles, eight “sacks” and two forced in his eight-year New York career Fumbles has booked, but also looking forward to his new chapter at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: “From now on, a new chapter in my career, although I will appreciate the time in NY forever.”

“We’re grateful for all that Jason has done for the Giants, he was a great player for us – and helped us win Super Bowl XLVI,” said the New York franchise’s official stance on the deal Save $ 2.5 million immediately and $ 19.5 million next year and $ 17.5 million the following year for Cap Space. After another weak season (3:13), the dismissal of Ben McAdoo and the installation of Pat Shurmur, such a financial leeway for the proud G-Men is urgently needed over the next period to be able to drive forward the planned rebuilding with fresh personnel .

Zundel disaster

Pierre-Paul, meanwhile, should help to get on the track of the recently stumbling Bucs (5:11 in the past season). Tampa Bay is hoping for more risk in the “sacks” category alone: In 2017, the franchise on the Gulf of Mexico recorded the lowest value of all 32 teams with 22 “sacks” and the worst franchise since 1994.

Meanwhile, the NFL career of Pierre-Paul has a disgraceful part – because in addition to his ring on his finger “JPP” is also known because of a Zündel accident: The today 29-year-old and the then NFL professional C.J. Wilson had suffered serious hand injuries while fireworks firing at US National Day celebrations on July 4th. Both had to undergo surgery – and Pierre-Paul lost his right index finger. Since then, the athlete plays with a splint or special gloves.

 

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