Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) pursues Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on Oct. 28, 2018, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

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Pierre-Paul On Facing Giants: 'I’m Bringing The House Down'

November 14, 2018 - 2:40 pm
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By WFAN.com

Jason Pierre-Paul says he wasn't happy about the lack of communication when the Giants traded him to Tampa Bay in March. Now he's hoping to send his own message in his return to MetLife Stadium on Sunday. 

“Honestly, I’ve had this game checked off since I left there," the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end told reporters on a conference call Wednesday. "Emotions running big, and I’m coming, man. I’m bringing the house down. I gave a hard eight years to the Giants, won a Super Bowl there, and the only thing I got was a phone call? I won’t say I was hurt, but it was shocking."

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Changing systems under new defensive coordinator James Bettcher and looking to free up some salary-cap space, the Giants dealt Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers for a third-round draft pick. The teams also swapped spots in the fourth round.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman called Pierre-Paul to inform him of the trade. Quarterback Eli Manning also called him, and safety Landon Collins and long snapper Zak DeOssie texted him, Pierre-Paul said.

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“Didn’t speak to no owners or nothing," Pierre-Paul said. "Obviously New York felt I couldn’t get the job done. I don’t know who makes those decisions.”

However, sources told both the New York Daily News and NJ.com that co-owner John Mara texted Pierre-Paul, but the defensive end never responded.

The Giants drafted JPP in the first round (15th overall) in 2010. He had 58 1/2 sacks in his eight seasons with New York, was a member of the Super Bowl XLVI-winning team and was a first-team All-Pro in 2011. 

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JPP is enjoying a strong debut season with Tampa Bay (3-6), having registered eight sacks in nine games. On Sunday, he will face a Giants team (2-7) that has allowed 32 sacks, third most in the NFL.

"I wouldn't say I'm licking my chops, but I know it's a problem," Pierre-Paul said of Big Blue's pass protection. "That's not my problem. I'm on the Bucs, and I'm doing a great job here, and I'm loving it."