Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul expects damaged hand to be better in 2017

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Jason Pierre-Paul reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with the New York Giants on Friday, but that was news to the defensive end. And while his average annual salary also equals $17 million, JPP bested him in guaranteed money - $54 million to $52.5 million.

Getting Jason Pierre-Paul off the franchise tag worth $17 million for 2017 and signed long-term remained a top priority, so much so that Giants co-owner and team president John Mara expressed that desire publicly last month at the combine in Indianapolis.

One of the players that they signed was defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. NY is trying to build upon a season in which it went 11-5 and lost to Green Bay in the first round of the playoffs. If New York is goiong to climb over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East this year, it might need a few extra million - which would be created with a long-term deal. Pierre-Paul was the first National Football League player with at least 3.0 sacks and a fumble-return touchdown of at least 40 yards in the same game since 1982, the first year individual sacks became an official statistic.

- Stay tuned for more updates as they become available. He sustained a significant hand injury in a fireworks accident on July 4, 2015.

In 12 games in 2016, Pierre-Paul, 28, had 53 tackles, seven sacks and three forced fumbles. He has played in 95 regular-season games with 69 starts. He was part of the 2011 Super Bowl-winning team.

Mostly used on the right side, Jerry is entering his eighth pro season and fourth with the Giants.

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