Excerpt: "The Giants always knew they'd have defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul for next season. But until Friday's agreement on a four-year contract, they didn't know if Pierre-Paul would be a piece of the long-term foundation.
The Giants applied the franchise tag to Pierre-Paul on Feb. 27. The sides had until July 15 to come to a long-term agreement or Pierre-Paul would have played the 2017 season on the franchise tag and then become a free agent.
The Giants could have gone into the late-April draft with uncertainty about Pierre-Paul's future if negotiations dragged. That may have made drafting an edge rusher, who could have been looked at as Pierre-Paul's replacement, more of a priority.
But even with Pierre-Paul and fellow defensive end Olivier Vernon locked up for the next four years, the Giants' draft approach shouldn't change. They should still pull the trigger if an elite pass rusher is available when they make the 23rd pick in the first round." Read more...