Veteran defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul remained with the New York Giants on a one-year deal that can earn him up to $10.5 million with incentives.
The Arizona Cardinals also pursued Pierre-Paul.
Pierre-Paul thanked the Cardinals for their interest on Instagram.
"I would like to thank each and every organization that reached out to my agent during this process especially the Arizona Cardinals . It was hard to decide, but me and my family decided that it's best for me to stay in New York, just being in the NFL is a privilege and I am honored. I am truly blessed to be in this position I am in today, thank you! Now with that said I have some unfinished business to take care of in New York!!! Giants FANS! Let's get to work for the 2016 season because your boy is back and I am not going anywhere! #90PowerCircle#90IsBack"
The Giants had designated him their franchise player in 2015, which would have meant a one-year, $14.813 million contract and free agency again this year.
Then, Piere-Paul lost his right index finger and damaged his hand in a fireworks accident.
He played in eight games with a heavy club on his hand and had one sack.
He had surgery after the season on his right middle finger and that should improve his grip.
Pierre-Paul had 12 1/2 sacks in 2014.
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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.