The Giants and star pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul have agreed on a four-year contract, the team confirmed Friday afternoon.
Pierre-Paul earlier in the day had denied reports by NFL Media, which was first to report a deal, and ESPN.com, which reported that the contract would be worth about $17 million per year with $54 million guaranteed.
By mid-afternoon Friday, Pierre-Paul apparently had made it official. Though the Giants didn’t release terms of the deal, they reportedly were different than initially reported: an average of $15.5 million annually with $40 million guaranteed, according to NFL Media and other outlets.
There is not a simple answer to the question, as the unidentified GM noted. Some teams just don’t think he can play, and others flat-out don’t like him after his anthem controversy last season. But there is another group of front-office members with another interesting take.
Some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or [President Donald] Trump will tweet about the team, the GM said. I’d say that number is around 10 percent. Then there is another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.
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President Trump is Twitter wars have been well-documented before and after he took office. In fact, just this week he started a beef with rapper Snoop Dogg.
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Having the president engaging in 140-character spats isn’t good for anyone, and especially not a professional football team trying to avoid distractions.
But ignoring Kaepernick is talent probably will end up being difficult for at least one team. After all, the 29-year-old QB didn’t play too poorly last season with the 49ers. He threw for 18 touchdowns with just four interceptions and had a 59.2 completion percentage. He also ran for 468 yards in 12 games, proving his mobility is still a weapon.