The active NFL offseason of trades continued this morning. The New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers engaged in a blockbuster.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Giants are sending defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and their 2018 fourth-round pick to the Bucs for their 2018 third-round pick and fourth-round pick. Basically, JPP goes to Tampa for a third-round pick when it comes down to it.
The Giants now hold the No. 66 and No. 69 picks in the third round of the upcoming draft. They swapped out the No. 102 pick in the fourth round for Tampa Bay's 108th overall selection.
Pierre-Paul was a first-round pick of the Giants in 2010 out of USF. A raw, athletic freak, he was looked at as a bit of a risky choice with the potential for a major payoff.
It didn't take long for that payoff to come. As a second-year player in 2011, Pierre-Paul recorded 72 tackles and 16.5 sacks to help the Giants capture their fourth Super Bowl title.
Injuries limited his effectiveness over the next two seasons, but he had a resurgence with 12.5 sacks in 2014. However, during the summer of 2015, Pierre-Paul lost two fingers in a fireworks accident, putting his career in jeopardy.
He ended up playing in eight games in 2015 and 12 in 2016. His solid 2016 campaign (35 tackles and seven sacks) led to a four-year, $62.5 million contract, but he had an inconsistent 2017 campaign.
This deal could make NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb an option for the Giants as the No. 2 overall pick in next month's draft. It also takes some money off the books over the next several seasons.
The Bucs get a veteran defensive lineman who can still rush the passer and play the run, so the deal makes some sense for both sides.