Jason Pierre-Paul‘s long-awaited return to the New York Giants appears to be right around the corner.


NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Giants are “comfortable” with where Pierre-Paul is physically after examining his hand this week. The two sides are now negotiating a deal, the final step to bringing Pierre-Paul back on the roster.

If the Giants can work out numbers and reach an incentive-laden one-year deal, they will sign Pierre-Paul on Tuesday and get a roster exception for him to start practicing. The roster exemption would last for a maximum of two weeks as the pass rusher gets back into “football shape.”

Pierre-Paul lost a finger and damaged other parts of his hand in a July 4 fireworks accident, raising doubts about his ability to continue playing football. The team had used its franchise tag on the two-time Pro Bowl pass rusher in March, but Pierre-Paul had not signed his $14.8 million tender before the injury and has not been under contract since the offseason began. He’s expected to sign a prorated deal that will be heavy on incentives.

The Giants have survived JPP‘s absence well, going 4-3. But they have virtually no pass rush and they are No. 29 in the NFL in yards allowed on defense.

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