Tampa Bay Sports Day

NFL Notebook: NY Giants Sign Pierre-Paul; Colts Dealing

The New York Giants signed defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to a four-year contract, the team announced Friday.
Pierre-Paul agreed to a $62 million contract with $40 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports. The deal for the star pass rusher also includes a $20 million signing bonus and he will earn $34 million within 11 months and $49.5 million over the first three years, NFL Network reported. The total value of the deal could reach $66 million if incentives are met, according to ESPN.

–The Giants are expected to sign former Jets quarterback Geno Smith on Monday after he undergoes a physical this weekend.  The 26-year-old free agent visited with the Giants last weekend and the team agreed to a deal on Friday pending Smith passes a physical, according to multiple reports.  Smith started one game for the Jets last season but suffered a torn ACL against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7 on Oct. 23.

–The Oakland Raiders are considering a move to acquire retired running back Marshawn Lynch, according to reports.  Lynch, who retired from the NFL and Seattle Seahawks after the 2015 season, could be an option for the Raiders this season either through trade or by his release, league sources told ESPN and NFL Network. Lynch’s playing rights are owned by the Seahawks as he has two years remaining on his contract. He has been on the reserve/retired list since May 2016.

–Rex Ryan will be spending this fall without an NFL head coaching job for the first time since 2008. Instead, he’ll reportedly be paid to analyze and talk about football.  Ryan has agreed on a multi-year deal to be part of ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” the New York Daily News reported. Ryan served as a guest analyst on the show’s Super Bowl Sunday edition and acquitted himself well. Ryan was fired by the Buffalo Bills with one game left in the 2016 season. He went 15-16 in two seasons with the Bills.

–The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent nose tackle Al Woods to a two-year, $5 million deal.  In addition, the Colts re-signed versatile defensive back Darius Butler to a one-year deal. The Colts plan to move Butler to safety this season, and his deal has a base salary of $3 million with a maximum of $4.5 million possible through incentives and escalators, the Indianapolis Star reported.  The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Woods has seven years of NFL experience with the Tennessee Titans (2014-16), Pittsburgh Steelers (2011-13), Seattle Seahawks (2011) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010), playing in 81 career games (19 starts) with 120 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two passes defensed.

–The Arizona Cardinals re-signed defensive tackle Frostee Rucker to a one-year contract. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Rucker played in 57 games (22 starts) over the past four seasons with the Cardinals after joining the team as a free agent in 2013.  Rucker owns career totals of 314 tackles, 20 sacks, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception in 126 games (58 starts) in 11 NFL seasons.

–The Chicago Bears beefed up their defensive line by signing defensive tackle John Jenkins to a one-year deal. Financial terms weren’t immediately available.  The 6-foot-3, 359-pound Jenkins has been a run-stopper through his first four NFL seasons. He has 118 career tackles and 1.5 sacks.

–The New England Patriots signed exclusive rights free agent cornerback Justin Coleman. Coleman, 23, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Minnesota Vikings out of Tennessee on May 6, 2015.  The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Coleman played in 20 games with three starts over the last two seasons with the Patriots, recording 29 total tackles, eight passes defensed and one fumble recovery