Giants Trade Jason Pierre-Paul To Bucs

The Giants are trading defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and a 2018 fourth-round pick to the Buccaneers, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. The Giants will receive a 2018 third-round pick and a fourth-round pick in the deal. 

The move comes as a total surprise as we have not heard any rumblings of JPP not being in the Giants’ plans for the coming season. But, there’s a new regime in New York headed by GM Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur and they do not view him in the same light as the last administration. It’s likely that they do not view Pierre-Paul as a fit for defensive coordinator James Bettcher‘s 3-4 heavy scheme.

The Giants inked JPP to a four-year, $62MM deal with $40MM guaranteed roughly one year ago today. He responded by turning in his first complete season since 2014 and tallying 8.5 sacks with 68 total tackles. The advanced metrics indicated that it was only a so-so season for him and Gettleman’s review of the game tape conferred.

Still, Pierre-Paul is undeniably a high-impact player and he’ll now join a revamped and upgraded Bucs defensive line. This year, the Buccaneers signed Vinny Curry to hold down one defensive end spot and added Beau Allen at defensive tackle. Pierre-Paul now joins the group and those three new faces plus Gerald McCoy will give the Bucs one of the most talented defensive lines in the entire NFL. Tampa Bay also has former second-round pick Noah Spence and former Bears DE Mitch Unrein in support.

The Buccaneers tried to trade for Rams edge rusher Robert Quinn, but ultimately lost out to another Florida team. Less than three weeks later, they managed to land a different superstar defensive end.

The deal figures to have major implications for the Giants’ offseason plans. The G-Men now have additional cap room to work with in the second wave of free agency and their draft plans could radically shift. It’s possible that the Giants will consider Bradley Chubb at No. 2 overall rather than selecting Eli Manning‘s successor. They could also trade down if they believe they can land a pass rusher plus a quality QB later on.

The Giants will now own the fifth pick in the third round (No. 69 overall) in addition to that round’s second pick (No. 65). In the fourth round, the Bucs move up to No. 102 overall while parting with the No. 108 selection.

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      • Perksy

        15 mil cap hit. 2.5 mil cap space. Next year they will create 19 mil space because of the trade.

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    • jimbo22

      It certainly seems that way. Neither Mauro or Wynn are the heir to the vacancy created by the trade of JPP.

      Chubb is a dominant DE, who is in my opinion is even more disruptive than Clowney or Bosa !
      The new regime is certainly not hesitant about making big moves. Look for a few more Free Agent acquisitions before the Draft.

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    • jimbo22

      It was a shocker to say the least ! Is Odell Beckham the next huge move ? If he is, the Giants should get at least 3 very high Draft choices in return. Dwayne Harris was also cut clearing more cap space.

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      • Perksy

        Or was the move made to to clear space and sign Beckham next year?

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    • mcdusty31

      He was losing his grip on a roster spot with the new 3-4 defensive scheme coming into play this upcoming season

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  1. SlPkNtJP

    Thank god! I love JPP but after he blew his fingers off he was never the same. I will never be able to comprehend how someone is multimillionaire and doesn’t hire someone for protect (plex) or to light up fireworks for them…. stop being cheap and spend that money correctly!!!

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  2. The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla

    Well that seems to be really good news for the Jets if the Giants keep their pick. I think Chubb has to be their guy now, leaving the Jets with their choice of any QB the Browns don’t pick.

    Of course, Denver could vault into the #1 or #2 spot and mess that all up….

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  3. tank62
    tank62

    Well that gives the bucs the upper hand.
    Thunbs up to the Giants on this one.
    Give JPP a hand
    Ill be here all week……

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    • bucketheadsdad

      I think there is a problem with this deal, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      (I’m here all month. 🙂 )

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      • mcdusty31

        You’re failing to grasp the reasoning behind this deal?

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        • Roll

          stop poking at him. its a done deal and we dont want any finger pointing

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  4. mcdusty31

    You gotta hand it to the giants on this one for shedding that salary…it looks like Gettleman and Co. are determined to blow up the last regime’s roster…not a bad deal for the Bucs either, JPP can still mangle the opposing QB despite the fact that his explosiveness is dwindling

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  5. mcdusty31

    Looks like the Giants are considering replacing the Nub with Chubb

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  6. mcdusty31

    I’m sorry about all the JPP jokes guys, I got out of hand…I will get a grip on it

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  7. 3in5

    The bucks line looks better than a 10pc bucket from KFC, finger licking good.

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  8. bucketheadsdad

    I wonder that when this thread begins to lose its spark…..will it go out with a bang?

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      • bucketheadsdad

        I gotta hand it to you….that was very good. I will have to add that one to my index.

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  9. JT19

    The Bucs defensive line could be explosive. They have the makings of a good defense in the palm of their hands, hopefully it doesn’t blow up.

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  10. The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla

    Good call by the Giants. Always best to take the bird in the hand. On the other hand, they might have let a good pass rusher slip right out of their grasp.

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    • mcdusty31

      He just didn’t fit like a glove anymore with their new scheme. He wasn’t able to wrap his mind around the idea of being an OLB in the 3-4. If he would’ve extended out a helping hand and taken a smaller chunk of the salary he was supposed to get handed this year they might’ve kept him around. Ultimately the smaller chunk is not something him and his family liked the idea of looking at for the long term.

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  11. Z-A

    This is more about the Bucs not expecting Chubb to be there at 7 than anything else. You have Chubb as the only true round 1 grade DE. Marcus Davenport could go mid-late 1st or early 2nd. Late 1st or 2nd with Landry and Key.

    Giants though, they will be playing a hybrid defense 3-4 and 4-3 fronts. If they aren’t sold on a QB, and they don’t plan on taking Barkley or Nelson, then I would trade back. The Bills have ammo but it’d take 12, 22, 53, and 56 or next year picks. If they did that – Vita Vea is a perfect target. They could also trade with the Broncos, so at 5 they just take Chubb, pretty simple.

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