Jason Pierre-Paul came and Jason Pierre-Paul went.
A day after the Giants were first allowed to examine his injured hand, the defensive end was heading home to Florida without having signed a contract to play for the team this season. He remains on the reserve/franchise tag list and will almost certainly not be collecting the $14.8 million tendered to him. The Giants have not rescinded the tag, but it's clear they are unwilling to pay full price for what they now believe will be part-time production.
Asked if Pierre-Paul will be on a football field any time soon, one league source familiar with the situation said, "I would doubt it."
In fact, it could take more than a month for Pierre-Paul's hand to heal to where the Giants would like it to be for him to begin playing, leaving the two sides at an impasse yesterday.
It's expected that if Pierre-Paul misses any games due to the injuries to his right hand his salary will be adjusted accordingly, but that has to be negotiated by both sides.
According to one report, Pierre-Paul is considering holding out the entire season if he does not receive his full allotment.
Pierre-Paul arrived in the New York area on Monday and spent time visiting with the coaches and front-office personnel in the afternoon after undergoing a physical examination from team doctors in Manhattan earlier in the day. His right arm was still bandaged, which could be an indication that wounds are still healing.