NFL: Top 5 Players Set to Hit Free Agency

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Nov 9, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) is defended by San Diego Chargers cornerback Patrick Robinson (26) on a 14-yard reception in the second quarter in a NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 9, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) is defended by San Diego Chargers cornerback Patrick Robinson (26) on a 14-yard reception in the second quarter in a NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 20, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) blocks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) pass during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Carolina Panthers defeat the New York Giants 38-35. Mandatory Credit: Jim O
Dec 20, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) blocks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) pass during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Carolina Panthers defeat the New York Giants 38-35. Mandatory Credit: Jim O /

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

underwent the first of two surgeries

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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