By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knee they had a glaring need at defensive end. The Bucs addressed the need over the weekend with the signing of Vinny Curry, previously of the Philadelphia Eagles.
On Thursday morning, the Bucs bolstered their defensive end depth chart with a big trade. The team agreed Jason Pierre-Paul in a trade with the New York Giants.
Pierre-Paul, who did not fit into the new Giants scheme, was acquired for a 2018 draft picks, including one in the third-round and another in the fourth-round. The Bucs also acquired the Giants 2018 fourth-round pick in this deal.
The Bucs started the conversations with the Giants after they lost out on defensive end Robert Quinn. He was traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the Miami Dolphins for draft picks.
With this move, besides bolstering the Bucs defensive unit, JPP also gets to stay close to home. He resides in Tampa, Fla. during the offseason and played college football with the USF Bulls.
Pierre-Paul started all 16 games with the Giants last season. He had 48 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and five pass deflections.
In his career, all with the Giants, he appeared in 111 games, including 85 starts. He has 309 tackles. 58.5 sacks, two interceptions — both returned for touchdowns, 47 pass deflections, 13 forced fumbles, and seven fumble recoveries — and a touchdown.
Pierre-Paul has had two double-digit sack seasons in his career. In his second season in 2011, he had 16.5 sacks, then had 12.5 sacks in 2014.
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