Jason Pierre-Paul has a new designation.
The Giants put him on the reserve/franchise tag list as one of the roster moves that allowed them to reach the league's mandate of 75 players by Tuesday afternoon. The designation means Pierre-Paul does not count against the 75-man roster -- which currently stands at 74 -- nor will he count against the 53-man roster, which will be established on Saturday, unless he signs his tender or some other contract with the Giants before then.
Cutting the roster to 74 players and not 75 on Tuesday gives the Giants room to potentially sign Pierre-Paul between now and Saturday without having to make an accompanying roster move.StoryReport: JPP will return before Giants' openerStoryJason Pierre-Paul tweets about injured hand
There seems little chance of that happening, though. Tom Coughlin said on Tuesday that the team has yet to examine Pierre-Paul's injuries from the fireworks mishap on July 4. Pierre-Paul reportedly lost his right index finger and suffered other damage to the hand in that accident.
The franchise tag tender is for $14.8 million, and Pierre-Paul's only chance to get all of that would be to sign before the start of the regular season. Although the Giants have not rescinded the offer, they are insisting they be allowed to examine him before anything is signed.