NEWARK, N.J. — Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, a former USF standout, agreed to a contract with the Giants more than three months after he lost a finger and damaged parts of his right hand in a fireworks accident in Florida.
The team announced the one-year, incentive-heavy deal Tuesday. Terms weren't available.
Pierre-Paul, 26, said he was excited to be back: "I'm getting ready to do what I have to do," he said. "I've been training down in South Florida with my trainer. Every day I got up at 7:30 and lifted weights. I've been doing what I have to do to stay in football shape."
Pierre-Paul met with the team over the past two days and got clearance to play by its doctors. Negotiations followed because the Giants weren't willing to have him sign the franchise tender he was offered before the July 4 accident. Under that deal, Pierre-Paul would have made $14.813 million this season. That was too steep for the Giants after his injury.
Rallying for Rams
ST. LOUIS — League executives were greeted by a loud, often rowdy crowd at a public hearing on the possible relocation of the Rams. About 1,500 stood and chanted "St. Louis Rams!" as executives walked onto the Peabody Opera House stage. The NFL is hosting similar forums this week in the other two cities that could lose their teams as early as next season, today in San Diego and Thursday in Oakland. Rams owner Stan Kroenke wants to leave St. Louis for a proposed $1.8 billion stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs. Owners of the Chargers and Raiders have proposed sharing a different suburban Los Angeles stadium.
More Rams: Linebacker Alec Ogletree (fractured right ankle) was placed on injured reserve-designated to return.
Another prime-time error: The league admitted an officiating mistake in Monday night's Ravens-Cardinals game when Baltimore guard John Urschel was called for illegal formation. Urschel's 6-yard catch was nullified. "What the referee (Ronald Torbert) was actually doing at that moment, he was correcting a number from a foul on the previous play, and he just didn't recognize (No.) 64 signaling him," head of officiating Dean Blandino said on the NFL Network. "We didn't recognize that he reported, and that's why the penalty was called."
Mallet out: The Texans released quarterback Ryan Mallett after he missed the team's charter flight to Florida last weekend. Mallett said he missed the flight because of traffic and he took a commercial flight to meet the team in Miami, where it lost 44-26. He had lost his starting job to Brian Hoyer.
Browns: Police say league investigators talked to the officers at the scene of Johnny Manziel's domestic incident with his girlfriend Oct. 12 in Avon, Ohio. The league is looking into whether Manziel broke personal conduct policy.
Steelers: Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is preparing to play Sunday against unbeaten Cincinnati after missing four games with a sprained knee and bruised leg.