AP source: Giants trade Pierre-Paul to Bucs for draft picks


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the New York Giants have traded defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for draft picks.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Thursday because neither team has announced the move. The trade was first reported by ESPN.

Pierre-Paul is a former first-round draft choice whose career was interrupted by a fireworks accident in 2015 that severely damaged his right hand. He helped the Giants win a Super Bowl in the 2011 season. He signed a four-year, $62 million contract a year ago.

The Giants will get Tampa Bay’s third-round draft pick this season. The teams will swap fourth-round picks this year, with the Bucs moving up to the 102nd pick and the Giants selecting 108th.

Pierre-Paul had had 68 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles last season. He had 58 career sacks since he was drafted in 2010.

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FILE – In this Aug. 31, 2017, file photo, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass. A person familiar with the deal says the Giants have traded defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two draft picks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, March 22, 2018, because neither team has announced the deal that gets Tampa Bay the former first-round draft pick whose career was interrupted by a fireworks accident in 2015 that severely damaged his right hand.(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
FILE – In this Aug. 31, 2017, file photo, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass. A person familiar with the deal says the Giants have traded defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two draft picks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, March 22, 2018, because neither team has announced the deal that gets Tampa Bay the former first-round draft pick whose career was interrupted by a fireworks accident in 2015 that severely damaged his right hand.(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2017, file photo, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) during the first half of an NFL football game, in East Rutherford, N.J. A person familiar with the deal says the Giants have traded defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two draft picks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, March 22, 2018, because neither team has announced the deal that gets Tampa Bay the former first-round draft pick whose career was interrupted by a fireworks accident in 2015 that severely damaged his right hand.(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2017, file photo, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) during the first half of an NFL football game, in East Rutherford, N.J. A person familiar with the deal says the Giants have traded defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two draft picks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, March 22, 2018, because neither team has announced the deal that gets Tampa Bay the former first-round draft pick whose career was interrupted by a fireworks accident in 2015 that severely damaged his right hand.(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)