Buccaneers acquire Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul in blockbuster trade

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The New York Giants have traded defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a 2018 third-round pick (No. 69 overall).

"Jason is an elite-level edge rusher who will make an immediate impact on our defense", Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement.

His best season came in 2011 when he registered career highs in tackles (93) and sacks (16.5) for the eventual Super Bowl-winning G-Men. "We wish him well in the future". Eli Manning, who with Pierre-Paul's departure is the only starter remaining from the last Giants Super Bowl winning team, turned 37 last month. "I have been blessed to be part of a world class organization and fans for the last 8 years".

As of now, the Giants look like they could find themselves in the hunt for the playoffs. So, he'll now be returning to the city of Tampa Bay for a second stint, only this time in the pros.

While the Giants only opened up $2.5 million in salary cap space in 2018 because of dead money related to his signing bonus, it provides a total of $37 million in relief against the 2019 and 2020 caps.

The trade was probably made to lessen the team's cap hit due to Pierre-Paul's new contract. He has an $11.25 million base salary this season.

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JPP apparently was deemed dispensable as the Giants plan to move to a 3-4 front beginning this season. The G-Men have the second overall pick and N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb could be in their sights. To get him, the Bucs gave up a third round pick and swapped fourth round picks. He had 58 1/2 career sacks since he was drafted in 2010 with the 15th pick overall out of South Florida. The Giants are also weighing several college quarterbacks. This is a major reason Reese was sacked in December.

He led the team with 16.5 sacks en route to the first of consecutive Pro Bowl berths. He was limited to eight games that season and finished with one sack and 26 tackles. They also re-signed defensive end Kerry Wynn to a one-year deal, making it likely he will be a backup.

This move comes just one offseason after the Giants inked JPP to a lucrative 4-year, $62 million contract. He did this first through a trade with the Los Angeles Rams to bring in Alec Ogletree.

Pierre-Paul was yucking it up in the Giants' locker room with some teammates on November 28, not 10 feet away from Eli Manning as the quarterback's eyes welled up with tears as he discussed his benching for that week's game in Oakland.

With Pierre-Paul being signed, Tampa Bay can approach the draft with a more open mind.

This morning, we hear from ESPN's Adam Schefter that Gettleman has pulled the trigger on another significant deal.

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