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Bucs trade for Giants pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul

Bucs trade for Giants pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul

It marked the first time since 1979 that the franchise was hiring a new head coach and general manager in the same year.

Not hiring an agent would leave open the possibility of Williams returning to school for his junior season.

The New York Giants pulled off a trade Thursday morning with the Buccaneers, sending defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and a fourth-round pick to Tampa Bay for a third- and fourth-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Something to consider for Bucs fans: Pierre-Paul is a fresh 29-years old. He was selected by the Giants with the 15th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of South Florida, where he was a First-team All-American and First-team Big East in his senior season.

The New York Giants made a splash in the 2018 NFL Draft, and we're still 35 days away. "We wish him well in the future". He signed a four-year, $62 million contract a year ago. He has three years and almost $40 million remaining on the deal, and NY will be taking a significant salary cap hit by unloading him. While Pierre-Paul will still leave the Giants with $15-million in dead money, the Giants will end up saving just $2.5-million in cap space by trading him to Tampa Bay.

It also came after the Giants top target, Andrew Norwell, signed with Tom Coughlin and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Although the veteran compiled 68 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 16 games last season, he failed to flash as a consistently dominant pass-rusher.

Bucs trade for Giants pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul
Bucs trade for Giants pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul

The Denver Broncos signed Case Keenum this offseason, but they are certainly still in the market for drafting a quarterback.

With the Giants changing defensive schemes under a new coach, Pat Shurmur, Pierre-Paul's role might have been diminished had he remained with the team.

Pierre-Paul will help provide a pass rush, and in doing so help take some emphasis off of Gerald McCoy.

Much of the pass-rushing burden in NY now falls on Olivier Vernon's shoulders, and with JPP out of the picture, the Giants could be candidates to select NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 National Football League draft.

New coach and GM, Pat Shurmur and David Gettleman, respectively, have been active in free agency.

Pierre-Paul lost his right index finger and badly damaged the rest of his right hand in a Fourth of July fireworks accident in 2015.

Pierre-Paul's departure leaves the Giants without any players whom they drafted before 2014 and only one - Odell Beckham Jr. - drafted before 2015.

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