NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Giants head coach Tom Coughlin will be back in 2015 — and maybe beyond.
And he wants Jason Pierre-Paul and Antrel Rolle with him.
“The goal is for (Pierre-Paul) to be a Giant, and play as a Giant forever and retire a Giant,” the Giants’ head coach said at the NFL scouting combine on Thursday. “How that works out is another issue.”
JPP’s future with the G-Men is up in the air. General manager Jerry Reese could use a one-year franchise tag on him — he would earn $15 million — or he could work out a long-term contract with the defensive end before the free-agency period begins. New York could also let the two-time Pro Bowler hit the open market and test the free-agent waters.
Don’t count on that happening.
“We are convinced that we want him back, without a doubt,” he said. “There’s been a lot of different discussions. Hopefully he is going to remain a Giant.”
Following a disappointing 2013 campaign, the 2011 All-Pro was excellent for New York this past season. He recorded 77 combined tackles, 12 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
The head coach is passionate about seeing free agent-to-be Rolle return as well.
“He’s an outstanding young man, and really, I’ve never come across a player that was more interested in his team and trying to help his team be better in any way they could,” Coughlin said of the defensive captain. “Certainly it’s been stated — you don’t need me to state it again — we’d like him to come back.
“Obviously, we do have financial restrictions involved.”
Rolle, 32, had 87 combined tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three interceptions for the Giants in 2014.