Free agent veteran linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul is reportedly lowering his demands in order to play in the 2023 NFL season.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Pierre-Paul is now willing to accept a practice squad spot with a playoff contender. The three-time Pro Bowler hoped to land a big contract on the free agent market this offseason, but no team made an offer to his liking.
Pierre-Paul spent the 2022 campaign with the Baltimore Ravens, playing 14 games and making 13 starts. He finished the season with 26 tackles, 3.0 sacks, five pass deflections, and one interception.
It is likely that the teams were reluctant to commit significant money to Pierre-Paul due to his age and declining production. He will turn 35 in January and hasn’t had a double-digit season in sacks since 2018. However, as a practice squad addition and potential injury insurance, Pierre-Paul will likely see much more interest.
Pierre-Paul entered the league in 2010 as a first-round pick by the New York Giants and spent the first eight years of his pro career with the franchise. He then played four years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before signing with the Ravens.
Pierre-Paul has two Super Bowl rings on his resume and was First-Team All-Pro in 2011. His career stats include 629 tackles and 94.5 sacks.