As the Bucs OTA practices came and went, one question remained a constant as each week.

Where is Jason Pierre-Paul?

The Bucs’ prized acquisition of the 2018 free agent period (though he was acquired via trade) was a no-show at all voluntary OTA practices over the last month. Though they are voluntary, not being there with your teammates can certainly hurt chemistry. But, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the potential chemistry wasn’t the only thing being hurt by Pierre-Paul’s absence, as a hefty workout bonus of $250,000 would have been paid his way had he just shown up.

He didn’t — voluntarily.

“Jason Pierre-Paul, in his contract that they got from the Giants that he’s now playing under with the Bucs, includes a workout bonus of $250,000 that he just said, ‘Eh, I’m good,'” said Stroud on his podcast Sports Day Tampa Bay.

All JPP had to do was show up and he would’ve been paid a quarter of a million dollars? And he didn’t? All I can say is I hope I’m that rich one day.

We know how much it hurt JPP’s wallet. We’ll see if his absence hurt anything else once mandatory mini-camp and eventually training camp get under way.

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Jonathan Goodfellow
Jonathan Goodfellow
4 years ago

he must reallllyyyy not want to get to know his new teammates or impress his new team

Charlie
Charlie
4 years ago

What are you talking about Trevor, how is JPP gonna get hurt any other way when we don’t have physical training camp practices?😉

Charlie
Charlie
4 years ago

Can’t really blame the guy Jonathan, other than rookies, who could possibly get excited about having to play for this dumpster fire of an organization? The Bucs should be trying to incentivize JPP even further if you ask me, they need him that badly lol.

Dude
Dude
Reply to  Charlie
4 years ago

Someone who gets paid million$ to do it, and a bonus of 250k just to show up?

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

That’s a lot of money to piss away. I hope it was worth it? One of these days Pewter Report is going to seriously start looking at our defensive line questions.

vtrantb
vtrantb
4 years ago

Must be nice to be able to throw away $250K. Heck, I have to pay Youfit $10/month to work out.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
4 years ago

As long as he shows up on game day I’m ok with this.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Buc 1976
4 years ago

Me too.

Don
Don
Reply to  Buc 1976
4 years ago

This. All the panty wetting disappears if dude is what he is supposed to be on game day.

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  Buc 1976
4 years ago

Agree 100%. Take a break. Take a long break. Enjoy the break. The grind will start soon enough.

Darin
Darin
4 years ago

Yep vtran, it must be nice. Geeez these guys are nuts. I heard the other day 80 or 90 percent of all nfl players are broke within 3 yrs of retirement. Decisions like this dont help. He has made a ton of money already but walking away from 250,000 is dumb no matter who you are. The missed chance to improve is what gets me. He has a qb cap hit. If he isnt a game cha ger this year its time to cut the losses. I still think Quinn would have been a much better addition. Hope I’m wrong.

vtrantb
vtrantb
Reply to  Darin
4 years ago

True. Lots of these players are broke within 3-5 years of when they stop playing.

Don
Don
Reply to  Darin
4 years ago

Yeah, but be honest, you don’t care about his retirement plan.

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
4 years ago

I watched a news clip on Utube I think it was ESPN the day JPP was traded, They asked him to show his Tampa Bay jersey And from the look on his face, you could tell he was not happy -body language tells a lot, this guy is not happy being traded out of New York, He is not going to take chances with injuries, he is not going to be a killer lineman a lot of you were claiming. I thought he was coming here just for a paycheck maybe I was wrong To miss practice with a new… Read more »

macabee
macabee
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

A little lesson in psychology. We often see what we want to see. Psychologist call it selective attention or confirmation bias. Then when a worker is transferred or a player is traded, if there are some disturbing feelings about the move, it is called psychological displacement. If that were true and JPP felt bad about the trade, what you fail to point out that the displaced person is more likely to overperform than underperform to show that the trading party made a huge mistake. Then consider the loss of the 250K. Couldn’t the PR headline have been “The Bucs save… Read more »

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

Odd take to throw in confirmation bias in there… JPP has never played a down for another NFL team was traded (not signed) and has refused 250k to show up to OTA’s when I’m not sure he’s missed too many in NY. There 250,000 bits of hard evidence that might throw cold water on that “unstoppable smile” about being here you saw. If your theory that people perform better when they are displaced was even REMOTELY true Macabee than firms would go out of their way to hire people from out of state. Now, unless all of this money in… Read more »

macabee
macabee
Reply to  Devasher
4 years ago

Devasher. The photo speaks for itself. I have no idea what you are referring to about hiring people from other states. Huh? I was referring to workers that get transferred or player,s that get traded. I think you are using displacement to mean people that are fired. I’m referring to psychological displacement where the person may feel bad about their change. Please re-read!

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

The person inferring that I mean something I never said (that displacement = being fired) is telling me to re-read? The MW definition of displacement is as follows macabee: Displacement – The moving of something from it’s place or position. Now I don’t know where being fired has anything to do with it, transfers, quitting or generally looking for work across the country can result in the same outcome. But to my point, people are moved from there original place to a new one, and if you know anything about hiring or being hired you would know that businesses strongly… Read more »

macabee
macabee
Reply to  Devasher
4 years ago

Jon Gruden, Get some help!! lol.

In Freudian psychology, displacement (German: Verschiebung, “shift, move”) is an unconscious defense mechanism whereby the mind substitutes either a new aim or a new object for goals felt in their original form to be dangerous or unacceptable.
Displacement (psychology) – Wikipedia

Dbuc63
Dbuc63
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

MAC- Dude, thanks, as in most instances, in providing a “different” response. It’s nice to see some color every now and then.

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

And again, if your theory on the player who engaged in displacement held water Macabee “he displaced person is more likely to overperform than underperform to show that the trading party made a huge mistake.” Then I would ask you: 1. Why aren’t there more trades if this improves player outcomes (in theory trading players in the NFL would increase their value)? 2. Why is the success rate of free agents low relative to draft picks? I imagine a free agent who moves on from a city that didn’t value him as much now engaging in displacement has as much… Read more »

Don
Don
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

So you’re calling him a bust before he plays a snap as a Buc… okay.

nybuccguy
nybuccguy
4 years ago

JPP seems really dumb. I wonder if he even realized hed lose money

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  nybuccguy
4 years ago

If JPP’s agent didn’t make it clear to him that he was losing money, then his agent should be fired.

More likely JPP was fully aware of it and chose not to come for whichever reason. Not a good start for another one of Licht’s master strokes of genius.

kcbucfan
kcbucfan
4 years ago

Keep in mind, this is the same guy that almost lost his entire hand to a fireworks accident. To say he’s playing with a “full deck” is an oversight. At the very least, show up, earn your money then donate it to a charity if you don’t want or need it. These kinds of stories illustrate just how much we desperately need a shifting of societal values; afterall, I can’t imagine the day that a paramedic earns a $250,000 bonus for saving lives!

vtrantb
vtrantb
4 years ago

Not only is he throwing away $250K, he is missing an opportunity to bond with his teammates as well as get familiar with Coach Buck’s philosophies. You are getting paid to workout for godsakes. These practices according to someone in the know is usually over by 2PM and consists of mostly meetings and working out. They have full access to personal trainers, nutritionists, message therapists, and not to mention all the free food they want.

Dman
Dman
4 years ago

Not a great way to start with this team. Needs to be a teammate. Needs to understand what we’re doing with a new coach, new organization. He needed to be here. Leaving the money on the table is just stupid.

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

Every year the media and some fans focus more on any player who doesn’t come to the facility for “voluntary” workouts than they do for the ones that do. Who cares as long as they are ready when the season starts regardless of how they choose to prepare.

Of course I’d like for 100% participation, but come September 9th if JPP sacks Drew Brees none of us will give two spits if he was a June no show.

Sierra119
Sierra119
4 years ago

Ever think he may have a reason that none of you know about, or are entitled to know about ? These players have important and sometimes sad things going on in their lives, just like the rest of us.

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
Reply to  Sierra119
4 years ago

Yes, I think there is a reason, he could care less about OTA’s he is not thrilled about being traded they will pay him big bucks regardless how he works out or plays this year, he knows Bucs going nowhere in 2018 he is not stupid. Why risk injury in OTA
Why risk injury in Pre Season and soon to find out why risk injury during the season, he will be on cruise control this year!
He was pissed when Giants traded him he said so himself.

Buc-n-Philly Fan
Buc-n-Philly Fan
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Mike, this is a serious question and not sarcastic. Are you actually a fan of the Bucs? Nothing of what you post shows any appreciation or like for this Team. I’m not talking just some of the Coaching, GM or Players but the Team as a whole. If you are not a fan of this Team or Tampa then why are you even here commneting?

I am really interested in your thought process and not being a jerk….

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
Reply to  Buc-n-Philly Fan
4 years ago

Buc-N Philly Fan I really am a Bucs fan I would love nothing more than Bucs to make a serious run It sounds like I am hard because at 5-11 and those 5 wins coming from really bad teams except a playoff seeded team last game. Bucs played a team with winning record and they lost. At end of the year, this team management keeps a coach who as an OC had a losing record and should have never been made a head coach. And want to do a small tweak here and there and they’re not serious with free… Read more »

Wausa
Wausa
4 years ago

JPP is a 3 hour drive away from Tampa. My guess is he is singing the Homer Simpson song:

“I am so smart. S-M-R-T I mean S-M-A-R-T”

surferdudes
4 years ago

We’re jealous, we’re more pissed about him passing on the 250 then being at OTA’s. It’s O.K. to admit it. If he balls on Sundays I’ll still be pissed I don’t have a shot but a lotto ticket, at 250 large!

a-bomb
a-bomb
4 years ago

Pretty sure that getting his check under Florida tax laws instead of New York felt like a significant raise and more than made up for the loss of this relatively small amount (to him).

Mike Wright
Mike Wright
4 years ago

250 grand is a lot of money to us because most of us..make under 100 grand a year!! JPP can afford to not show up with his regular salary. I’m not worried about him..in the least. Its not mandatory so who cares? Its his nickel, let him spend it the way he wants. As for bonding with his teammates? He’s been there done that countless times before. When they see him bring it..like no other Buc has done in a long time..They..will bond with him. JPP will be there when its mandatory from him to be. Thats all that counts.… Read more »

BucWonder
BucWonder
4 years ago

Off season fodder. That’s 2.5% of his salary. To a guy making $100K per year, that’s $2500 to get that week off in his personal life. Makes even more sense with JPP’s $. At a certain point you have enough money and your personal life is more valuable. He’ll be a great addition and fun to watch.

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  BucWonder
4 years ago

BucWonder, if you’re a GM considering a trade for a player, do you want to trade a 3rd round pick for a guy nearing 30 who has “enough money” and their “personal life is more valuable.”?

And as someone in the financial club you mention, there is no freaking way I’m giving up 2500 to take a weekend off. Especially if I just started at a new job. It wouldn’t exactly endear me to my new coworkers and I could use that 2500 a lot more than a weekend that I know I’ll have off later.

BUC-ASS-BOB
BUC-ASS-BOB
Reply to  Devasher
4 years ago

Devasher makes good point , not a good way to start new job , If I were Bucs Management I would be concerned about this one.

GoldsonAges
GoldsonAges
4 years ago

Imagine how much fun he could have had up in da club with 250,000 $1 bills. I’m beginning to wonder.. is he a player, or a playa?