The New York Giants have decided to pull Jason Pierre-Paul's $60 million long-term contract offer after he injured his hands in a fireworks accident.
The defensive end injured his hands whilst celebrating Independence Day in South Florida.
Alastair Davidson reported yesterday for GiveMeSport about Pierre-Paul's freak injury and how it could jeopardise his career.
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Whilst many reporters dismissed any chance of it being a career-ending incident, the Giants are having second thoughts about keeping him on their roster after next season.
The Giants placed a franchise tag on the pass rusher to stop him hitting free agency this season, but it is looking like he will be allowed to leave next season. Players that are franchise tagged have to sign a new deal by July 15.
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This means Pierre-Paul will likely play out the remainder of the 2015 season under the franchise tag, which is worth $14.8 million.
Ian Rapoport tweeted that Pierre-Paul wasn't going to accept the new deal anyway.
The Giants do also have the option to pull the franchise tag too if they no longer feel Pierre-Paul can perform as well as he could before his injury. This would make him an unrestricted free agent.
The 26-year-old achieved 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles last season and started all 16 regular season games, but the Giants obviously feel he will struggle to replicate this in the future.
If the Giants do decide to let Pierre-Paul go, one player they could bring in to replace him is Greg Hardy.
The defensive end signed a one-year-deal with the Giants divisional rivals, Dallas Cowboys, but he is suspended for the first ten games of the 2015 season without pay due to domestic abuse charges.
Hardy was also suspended for the all but the first game of the 2014 season while with the Panthers, but he is more than capable of replacing Pierre-Paul.
During the 2013 season with the Panthers, the 26-year-old achieved 15 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
For every 15+ game seasons Hardy has played, he has always increased the amount of sacks he obtains every season. The same cannot be said about Pierre-Paul.
With both players being the same age too, Hardy is definitely the more viable defensive end replacement once the 2015 season is over.
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