2016 New Contract Tracker: Pass Rushing Linemen (Week 7)

On a weekly basis, I will be evaluating pass rushing defensive lineman that signed some sort of contract in this offseason. Players on-field performance will be evaluated against the annual salary of their new contract. In terms of on-field production, I will be taking into account stats relevant to the defensive end position such as percentage of defensive team snaps played, tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and hurries. The basis for contract evaluation will be the APY of a given player’s contract.

This week, we head to the Meadowlands where the New York football Giants made two big moves on their defensive line this off-season.

Jason Pierre-Paul

The story of JPP and his hand has been well documented ever since his accident occurred on July 4th, 2015. While it may be hard to prove a direct correlation between his hand injury and his production, his drop in production ever since the accident can’t be ignored. In the 2014 season, JPP recorded 12.5 sacks. In the 15 games since returning from injury, he has only recorded a combined 2.5 sacks over the last two seasons. Interestingly enough, even though his sack production has gone down, he has still been getting to the QB, with 16 hurries thus far this season. Pierre-Paul signed a one-year $10 million deal this off-season. He clearly bet on himself by signing a one-year deal, so it will be interesting to see how a player of his age and potential, is compensated this upcoming off-season.

Olivier Vernon

 

The other bookend of the Giants’ defense is newly signed, free agent, Olivier Vernon. Vernon came to the Giants after four seasons in Miami, on a five-year, $85 million contract. The total guarantees in Vernon’s contract are $52.5 million. Much like his counterpart, JPP, Vernon has been creating pressure in opponents’ backfields but he too does not have the sack numbers to show for it. The Giants defense is tenth in the league in points against per game but could use sacks and turnovers to help boost their struggling offense.

 

Here are the current stats for the newly contracted rushers as tabulated by Sportingcharts.com. The chart is sorted from highest to lowest based on a production formula that takes into account some of the relevant stats shown in the table.

Player Team APY APY Rank Def Snaps % Def Snaps Solo Tackle Tot Tackle TFL TFL % Sacks Hurries Stuffs Prod. Rank
Jason Pierre-Paul Giants $10,000,000                 5 504 96% 20 28 2 7% 2 16 1 1
Olivier Vernon Giants $17,000,000                 3 478 91% 18 24 5 21% 1 15 4 2
Fletcher Cox Eagles $17,100,000                 2 283 76% 13 15 4 27% 4 6 1 3
Derek Wolfe Broncos $9,175,000                 7 349 72% 19 25 3 12% 5 5 0 4
Adrian Clayborn Falcons $4,250,000              13 305 61% 13 14 4 29% 2 10 2 5
Dwight Freeney Falcons $2,000,000              25 194 39% 6 9 4 44% 3 8 0 6
Andre Branch Dolphins $2,750,000              19 278 56% 7 17 1 6% 3 9 2 7
Malik Jackson Jaguars $14,250,000                 4 307 62% 11 12 3 25% 1 10 1 8
Muhammad Wilkerson Jets $17,200,000                 1 372 84% 16 21 6 29% 2 4 2 9
Chris Long Patriots $2,375,000              24 338 71% 9 17 3 18% 1 8 1 10
Mario Williams Dolphins $8,500,000                 8 309 62% 8 10 4 40% 1 7 3 11
Jason Jones Dolphins $1,535,000              29 277 55% 10 18 2 11% 3 3 0 12
Charles Johnson Panthers $3,000,000              17 251 64% 9 13 0 0% 1 7 0 13
Jared Crick Broncos $2,000,000              25 381 78% 11 21 3 14% 1 3 1 14
Vinny Curry Eagles $9,250,000                 6 162 43% 5 8 1 13% 1 5 0 15
Derrick Shelby Falcons $4,500,000              12 246 49% 6 8 2 25% 0 5 2 16
Benson Mayowa Cowboys $2,750,000              19 166 44% 3 6 3 50% 2 0 1 17
William Hayes Rams $5,833,333              10 167 34% 8 13 2 15% 1 3 2 18
Stephen Paea Browns $1,900,000              27 161 33% 4 7 0 0% 0 5 0 19
Eugene Sims Rams $3,333,333              16 212 43% 6 10 2 20% 1 0 2 20
Cedric Thornton Cowboys $4,250,000              13 137 36% 6 13 2 15% 1 0 1 21
Ziggy Hood Redskins $935,000              33 292 65% 5 11 1 9% 1 0 0 22
Mitch Unrein Bears $1,130,000              31 265 54% 5 14 0 0% 0 3 0 23
Robert Ayers Jr. Buccaneers $6,500,000                 9 86 22% 4 4 1 25% 1 0 0 24
Tyrunn Walker Lions $1,600,000              28 187 41% 9 15 2 13% 0 0 2 25
Quinton Dial 49ers $4,000,667              15 257 50% 12 21 0 0% 0 0 0 26
Wallace Gilberry Lions $1,250,000              30 125 28% 3 5 0 0% 0 0 0 27
Billy Winn Broncos $760,000              35 134 28% 4 8 0 0% 0 0 1 28
Ricardo Mathews Steelers $760,000              35 121 26% 1 4 0 0% 0 0 0 29
Rob Ninkovich Patriots $2,500,000              22 126 26% 5 9 0 0% 0 0 0 29
Tank Carradine 49ers $2,650,000              21 120 23% 2 6 0 0% 0 0 0 31
Jarvis Jenkins Jets $3,000,000              17 94 21% 5 7 0 0% 0 0 0 32
Tony Jerod-Eddie 49ers $1,000,000              32 26 5% 1 1 0 0% 0 0 0 33
Justin Trattou Vikings $810,000              34 5 1% 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 34
Kendall Reyes Redskins $2,500,000              22 0 0% 3 5 0 0% 0 0 0 35
Aldon Smith Raiders $5,750,000              11 0 0% 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 35

Rohan is a law student at Villanova Law School. He also writes for the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Society Blog. For more insight, follow Rohan on Twitter, @rmohanty3 .