Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was an intimidating presence on the Giants defensive line for years. He was recently traded to Tampa Bay for a third-round draft pick. Let’s take a look back at the career of the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl champion, starting with his net worth.
Jason-Pierre-Paul Net Worth: $27.5 million
According to Forbes, Pierre-Paul has an estimated net worth of $27.5 million.
Pierre-Paul started his collegiate career at the College of the Canyons in California where he earned All-American honors while recording 14 sacks his freshman season. He then transferred to the prominent JUCO program Fort Scott Community College in Kansas where he again earned All-American status and put up monster numbers. Then, for his junior season, he transferred to the University of South Florida in Tampa. At USF, he was named First Team All-Big East and First Team All-American. Pierre-Paul decided to skip his final season of eligibility and enter the 2010 NFL draft.
JPP had an excellent showing at the 2010 NFL Combine where he was voted to the 2010 All-NFL Draft Team. The New York Giants selected him with the 15th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft and Pierre-Paul penned a contract with the team worth 20 million dollars over 5 years with 11 million guaranteed. He played all 16 games of his rookie season while recording solid numbers for a rookie. In the 2011 season, Pierre-Paul burst onto the scene. He led the highly praised Giant defense to the Super Bowl, where he had a major impact in slowing down Tom Brady and a prolific New England Patriot offense. He was voted to his first Pro Bowl that season while leading the NFL with 16.5 sacks. He also became the first player in NFL history to record a forced fumble, blocked a field goal, sack, and a forced safety in a single game during a December 13th tilt against the Cowboys. Over the next few seasons, Pierre-Paul took a step back production-wise as he was asked to carry more of the workload of the Giants defensive front.
During the 2015 off-season, Pierre-Paul was negotiating a long-term deal with the Giants but they slapped him with the non-exclusive franchise tag. On July 4th of 2015, a bizarre incident occurred at Pierre-Paul’s home. While attempting to light a firework in celebration of the holiday, he exploded it in his hand. After much speculation of a career-threatening injury, Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated. He only appeared in five games in the 2015 season after signing a one year deal to remain in New York on October 27th.
JPP remained with the Giants for the 2016 season which for him was shortened by a sports hernia in his back but the season was a successful one for the Giants as they made their first playoff appearance since 2012. Pierre-Paul inked a four year 62 million dollar deal with New York in March of 2017. The 2017 season would prove to be a disaster for the Giants with them finishing 3-13 good for last in the NFC East. With the team looking to make salary cap room to sign some of their younger players to long-term deals, the Giants traded Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a third-round draft pick in the 2018 draft.