Monday, October 3, 2022

Two former Giants starting defenders attend Ravens: Report

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The New York Giants are notorious for hiring players with Baltimore Ravens ties in 2022. General manager Joe Schoen has brought in former Ravens offensive lineman Tire Phillips, linebacker Charles Wiley, wide receivers Jaylon Moore and Bailey Gather, and safety Tony Jefferson.

The Ravens try to return the favor.

Corresponding Jordan Schultz from TheScore, former Giants linebacker Blake Martinez and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul visit the Ravens. Pierre-Paul visited Baltimore back in June but did not sign with the team.

The Ravens are reeling on defense after giving up 28 points in the fourth quarter in their game-changing Week 2 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Pierre-Paul underwent shoulder surgery in February after playing in 2021 with a torn rotator cuff. Last season, he played 12 games and posted 2.5 sacks.

The 33-year-old most recently played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he was from 2018 to 2021, including a Super Bowl during that span. In 2020, he grabbed four forced fumbles and 9.5 sacks.

Before becoming a Buc, Pierre-Paul was with the Giants from 2010 to 2017 and won his first Super Bowl trophy in 2011. He had four eight-sack seasons and five 16-game seasons.

Pierre-Paul’s CV speaks volumes. He has three Pro Bowl selections, one first-team All-Pro, 603 total tackles, 91.5 sacks, 21 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries, four interceptions and three defensive touchdowns.

Martinez signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Giants in 2020 after four years with the Green Bay Packers. He started in 16 games for the Giants in 2020, posting 151 tackles and recording three sacks. However, he only played three games in 2021 after tearing his cruciate ligament.

The veteran defenseman received a pay cut to return to the Giants in March.

But it appeared the new Giants coaching staff didn’t buy Martinez, even after he made a full recovery and attended training camps and preseason games. He was cut before week 1 in September.



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