New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul injured his hand during 4th of July celebrations and nerve damage plus burns could end up costing him $60 million.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the injuries are not career threatening, despite some confusion over the severity of the accident when it was first reported. However, Pierre-Paul has suffered some burns and possible nerve damage to one of his fingers.
Following the fireworks accident the Giants rescinded a long-term, $60 million offer.
NFL’s Ian Rapoport confirms that the defensive end was going to decline the offer anyway, and play on the franchise tag, worth about $14.8 million.
While he was prepared to turn down the $60 million offer, his injury could jeopardize long-term earnings. FanSided’s Matt Verderame notes, Pierre-Paul wanted big money after seeing players like J.J. Watt and Ndamukong Suh get over $100 million the last two seasons. His play hasn’t been as consistent as those NFL pro-bowlers and now he will have to prove that his 4th of July injuries are not as bad as first reported.
Before his injury Spotrac estimated Jason Pierre-Paul to be worth around $69 million.
With the franchise tag now associated with his contract, Pierre-Paul’s best bet is to play phenomenally well throughout the 2015-2016 season.