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