As part of a defensive rebuild under general manager Dave Gettleman and defensive coordinator James Bettcher, the New York Giants opted to move on from defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul during the offseason, trading him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a 2018 fourth-round pick. I wouldn't say I was hurt but it was just shocking, you know what I mean? "But the fact that the only thing that I got was a phone call [from Gettleman], you know what I'm saying - I didn't speak to no owners, no nothing", Pierre-Paul said. He admitted, "Honestly, I had this game checked out since I left there" and warned, "Emotions are running big and I'm coming, man, I'm bringing the house down". Didn't speak to no owner, no nothing.
Although Pierre-Paul says he wasn't hurt, the lack of communication and transparency obviously bothered him.
The Giants traded the 29-year-old pass rusher in March to shed his contract. Eli [Manning] called me, too, as well.
For one, Pierre-Paul is actually performing at a high level despite playing for the 31st-ranked defense by DVOA. Pierre-Paul, the Giants' 2019 first-round pick, received texts from some of his closest friends on the team, including Landon Collins and Zak DeOssie. Obviously, I gave a hard eight years with the New York Giants and won a Super Bowl there, and the only thing you get is a phone call. "I'm just trying to get a win on Sunday". But at the end of the day, this is a business league, and at the end of the day, we've got to do our jobs, no matter what team you play for.
It's working out well for the Buccaneers, as Pierre-Paul already has 8.0 sacks. The Giants as a team have 10 total sacks, second-fewest in the NFL. "I don't know who makes those decisions, but that's the decision they made, and I got traded".
"I don't have a chip on my shoulder. You're a football player, you're a pro, you've got to do the job to the best of your ability, and that's what I've been doing". I always told myself, no matter where I go.
After his departure from the Giants, Pierre-Paul said very little, sharing a goodbye post on social media before essentially falling off the radar.