A person close to the negotiations between the New York Giants and Jason Pierre-Paul says the defensive end did not get a new long-term contract deal from the NFL team ahead of a deadline for players who have franchise tags.
The lack of a deal by the Wednesday deadline is not surprising considering Pierre-Paul's status has been uncertain since he suffered serious injuries to his right hand in a fireworks accident July 4. Pierre-Paul had to have his right index finger amputated and surgery performed to repair fractures in his right thumb after the incident.
The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss JPP's contract situation. The person says the team has not rescinded its $14.8 million franchise tag offer.
If the Giants rescind the contract tender offer, the 26-year-old would become an unrestricted free agent.
Pierre-Paul's agent, Eugene Parker, has not responded to several requests for comment.
Pierre-Paul broke out in 2011, posting 16 1/2 sacks and playing a key role in the Giants winning the Super Bowl. The one-time fan favorite has battled football injuries during his career but this careless off-the-field accident leaves his future as a franchise player up in the air and up to the team.
And rightfully so.