EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Giants placed the franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul after the 26-year-old rebounded from two injury-plagued seasons.
The Giants made the move Monday, guaranteeing that their first-round draft pick of 2010 will make at least $14.813 million next season unless the two sides reach an agreement on a long-term deal by July 15.
Pierre-Paul had team highs of 12 1/2 sacks and 21 quarterback hits playing on a defense ranked No. 29 overall. It was his best season since having 16½ sacks in 2011, the season the Giants won their second Super Bowl under Tom Coughlin.
Pierre-Paul also finished third on the team with 77 tackles, including 16 for losses. The two-time Pro Bowler was bothered by back and shoulder injuries in 2012 and '13.
The Giants also announced on Monday that they have released center J.D. Walton.
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