DE: Jason Pierre-Paul
One of the most dominate defensive end in the game made a big personal mistake over the 2015 off season. While setting off fireworks for his kids, he ended up losing a finger in the process. When he finally returned to the NFL his hand was wrapped up in what people termed, “the club.” Although he just
this off-season, he is set to be ready for the season, and many people think that the skies the limit.
Pierre-Paul is a force to be reckoned club or no club. Before this season, he has only missed five games, which came in 2013. In 2014, he had 12.5 sacks, 77 combined tackles, three forced fumbles, six pass deflections, and six tackles for loss. His talent shouldn’t be slowed down by a small physical disability, especially once he is 100% healthy again.
One fear that teams might have with JPP is the adjustment period of time until he gets used to using a modified glove and surgically repaired hand. In the NBC Sports article, which is attached above, they say teams may want to examine his surgically repaired hand and have access to see his physical ability before making their final decisions, which would be reasonable with the circumstances.
JPP will probably be a perfect candidate for a short term contract to benefit both himself and any team signing him. A one or two year contract though may limit earning potential until he proves that he is capable to return to his former self. A base of $2 to $3 million dollars with heavily performance based bonus may be the way to go. There should be no doubt however that he will be valuable once he has adjusted to his new hand.
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