Giants trade Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay

The trade for high value picks also opens up cap space for the Giants, who could be winding up for resigning Odell Beckham and to draft prospect Bradley Chubb.

Kahron Spearman

The New York Giants traded longtime defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday in exchange for a 2018 third-round pick and a flip of fourth-round selections, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The 29-year-old had 68 tackles, 8.5 sacks, five passes defended and two forced fumbles. According to Bleacher Report and Spotrac, Pierre-Paul "has three years remaining on his contract with an average annual cap hit of just over $13 million."

We appreciate everything Jason has done for the Giants. He was a fine player for us, and he helped our franchise win Super Bowl XLVI. We wish him well in the future.

Pierre-Paul joins a reconstructed defensive line in Tampa. New additions include: former Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry and tackle Beau Allen. 

The Giants could now be in play for North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb for the second overall pick in the NFL Draft next month, who's a better, natural fit for the Giants' hybrid 3-4 defense.