NFL Briefs GI­ANTS RE-SIGN PIERRE-PAUL FOR 4 YEARS AT $68M

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east rutherford, n.j.» The Gi­ants are con­vinced star de­fen­sive end Ja­son Pierre-Paul is fully healed from a fire­works ac­ci­dent that se­verely dam­aged his right hand.

They be­lieve that so much that they have given JPP a fouryear con­tract worth about $68 mil­lion.

“This is where I wanted to be,” Pierre-Paul told the Gi­ants web­site Fri­day. “I couldn’t imag­ine me be­ing any­where else.”

Two sum­mers ago, on July 4, Pierre-Paul’s right hand was se­verely dam­aged in a fire­works ac­ci­dent in Florida. He missed the first half of that sea­son, but re­turned for the fi­nal eight games. He started all 12 games he played last year and has a strong fin­ish as the Gi­ants made the play­offs.

The 28-year-old Pierre-Paul said: “I’m back for four years and I’m ready to get after it.”

The team gave Pierre-Paul the fran­chise tag last month for the sec­ond time in three years. new york» Mor­ris Clai­borne is get­ting a chance to re­vive his ca­reer and give the Jets’ sec­ondary a boost.

The former Cow­boys cor­ner­back signed a one-year deal with the Jets on Satur­day. Clai­borne, the No. 6 over­all pick in the 2012 NFL draft, will help the Jets re­place Dar­relle Re­vis, who was re­leased last week.

The Jets an­nounced the sign­ing by post­ing a photo of Clai­borne sign­ing his con­tract. Fi­nan­cial terms weren’t im­me­di­ately avail­able, but mul­ti­ple out­lets re­ported the deal is for $5 mil­lion.

Clai­borne’s promis­ing ca­reer has been ham­pered by a laun­dry list of in­juries since be­ing a stand­out play­maker at LSU.

Vet­eran kicker Nick Folk signed with the Buc­ca­neers. The 10-year pro spent the past seven sea­sons with the New York Jets, rank­ing sec­ond in fran­chise his­tory with 172 field goals. He was 27 of 31 last sea­son while con­vert­ing 24 of 26 ex­tra point at­tempts. … The Bills ad­dressed a key off­sea­son need at re­ceiver by agree­ing to sign former Raiders’ free agent An­dre Holmes.

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