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Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul: 'I'm worth a lot of money'

Jason Pierre-Paul believes he can command lucrative money in free agency should he fail to reach an agreement with the New York Giants.

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Pierre-Paul is a free agent at the conclusion of the NFL season and the defensive end is yet to finalise a new deal to remain with the Giants.

While the 25-year-old - who has tallied up 49 tackles and 10.5 sacks entering the 17th and final week of the regular season - would like to stay in New York for the remainder of his career, he is under no illusions how much money can be made via free agency.

"I think I'm worth a lot of money," Pierre-Paul was quoted as telling New York Daily News.

"What do you think?

"Who knows if I'm going to be in a Giant uniform?

"Like I say now, the numbers are there, I had a great season, everybody sees it. There's really nothing else to say, just negotiations, and [they're] coming.

"I'd love to be a Giant for the rest of my career, but at the end of the day it doesn't always fall like that. Look at [Justin] Tuck, look at Osi [Umenyiora], look at Brandon Jacobs. It doesn't matter.

"[But] I'm hitting 26 at the beginning of the year [January 1]...there's much more football to be played at a very high intensity for me."

Pierre-Paul has made 74 appearances for the Giants since he was drafted in 2010.

In that period, Pierre-Paul has completed 201 tackles, 80 assisted tackles, 40 sacks and eight forced fumbles.

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