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Former COC defensive lineman signs with Giants

Pierre-Paul, who spent the 2007 season with the Cougars, inks multi-year contract

Posted: July 31, 2010 10:44 p.m.
Updated: August 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Giants are going to training camp with all their draft picks signed.

The Giants announced late Saturday night that first-round choice Jason Pierre-Paul signed a multi-year contract just hours after second-round choice Linval Joseph signed his contract.

The deals came less than 24 hours before the Giants reported to training camp at the University at Albany.

Pierre-Paul, the 15th pick overall, got a five-year contract worth roughly $20 million with more than $11 million guaranteed. The defensive end from South Florida signed the contract around 8:30 p.m., about three hours after Joseph put his signature on a contract valued at about $4 million.

After graduating from Deerfield Beach High School in Florida, Pierre-Paul spent the 2007 season with the Cougars and totaled 49 tackles, including 19 for a loss, and 14 sacks to go along with two forced fumbles.

He then moved on to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas before starring at South Florida in 2009.

Pierre-Paul is an unbelievable athlete for a defensive end, but he might take time to develop. In his only season at South Florida, he had 45 tackles with 6½ sacks for minus-29 yards. He also had 16½ tackles for losses and a team-high seven quarterback pressures.

Pierre-Paul also forced two fumbles, deflected three passes and intercepted another that he returned 18 yards for a touchdown against Syracuse.

Earning playing time at defensive end will be tough with veterans Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Osi Umenyiora and Dave Tollefson all returning.

Joseph of East Carolina is a big run stopper who blossomed at defensive tackle after losing more than 70 pounds after his freshman season. The 46th pick overall in the draft had 60 tackles this past season with three sacks and 14 quarterback pressures.

The Giants also reached an agreement with free agent safety John Busing on Saturday.

David Canter, Busing’s agent, said his client was flying from Atlanta to training camp on Saturday and would sign his contract when he arrived.

An outstanding special teams player, Busing started four games for the Houston Texans last season. The former Miami of Ohio player started his career with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006.


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