A fixture of the Giants defense since debuting with the team in 2010, Jason Pierre-Paul signed a four-year extension with the National Football League (NFL) franchise in March worth approximately $62 million. The contract includes $40 million in guaranteed money and makes Pierre-Paul the fourth highest paid defensive end in the league, behind J.J. Watt, Giants teammate Olivier Vernon, and Muhammad Wilkerson.
The first round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft had his best statistical season in 2011 as he recorded a career-high 16.5 sacks and 93 tackles. It appeared as though his career might be in jeopardy following a 2015 fireworks accident in which he lost his index finger, parts of two others, and his thumb, but he bounced back. In 2016, Pierre-Paul recorded 53 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, and one defensive touchdown.