After eight seasons and a Super Bowl victory with the New York Giants, outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul was traded along with a fourth-round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Bucs for third and fourth-round selections.

As Tampa Bay and New York are primed to meet on Monday Night Football, Pierre-Paul made it clear that there is no resentment between he and the Giants’ organization – a team that’s undergone significant roster and coaching changes since his time in New York – but couldn’t hide the excitement to play his former team after missing their match-up last season due to his recovery from a neck injury suffered in the offseason.

“There’s no bad blood,” Pierre-Paul said. “This is a business, I know how the business goes, but regardless of that fact, I’m doing well, they’re not doing well. So at the end of the day you just hope that things work out for the best when you leave a team but obviously it’s not going well for them. I hope the best for them.”

Despite the well-wishes, Pierre-Paul got more passionate as he spoke about the Giants decision to move on from him a few years ago.

“You already know they made a mistake,” Pierre-Paul said when asked if he wanted to prove to the Giants that they made a mistake by trading him. “When I left there I got 12-and-a-half that year and when I came back from a broken neck I got eight-and-a-half that year and I’m having an amazing season this year. It’s not that I’m trying to show them that they made a mistake, but it’s just the fact that I knew I wasn’t washed up or finished up. So this (Monday) I have to show them, it’s my old team and we have to show them the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”

Now with quarterback Daniel Jones at the helm after 16 seasons with Eli Manning, Pierre-Paul is excited for an opportunity to chase a Giants quarterback that isn’t his long-time teammate. Last season Jones made his NFL debut against the Bucs, overcoming a 28-10 halftime deficit en route to a 32-31 victory in Tampa Bay.

“I’m here now, so I’m happy to play Daniel Jones,” Pierre-Paul said. “Eli’s not there anymore so I won’t have to pick him up and say, ‘Eli, you’re good.’ So I’m coming for their necks, they know that, and Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t going anywhere. I’m going to Monday Night Football and going to destroy the Giants. That’s what I want to do as an individual, but I still have love for them.”

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BucRy
7 months ago

Love it, I was a bit skeptical about this trade when we got him but I’m glad I was wrong about it..the attitude and toughness along with his physical play is everything we had hoped for. I know he has had some health issues but he always comes back strong. 2 sacks at least for JPP on Monday night!

eaustinyoung
7 months ago

As a USF alum class of 2012, I was a HUGE JPP fan. I loved this trade from the beginning. I knew he had some gas left in the tank, the Giants were just a franchise about to need a rebuild.

I love the meanness and intensity he brings to the defense. Him and Suh are straight dogs.

bucballer
Reply to  eaustinyoung
7 months ago

USF alum myself eaustinyoung! Go Bulls! JPP is a professional and he knows what he must do to get results in this league. I expect him to get a couple of sacks as well on Monday Night Football. A national audience will be watching and I know all the Bucs want to send a message. Go Bucs!

Spitfire
Reply to  eaustinyoung
7 months ago

USF class of ‘04 myself! I was so impressed with him coming out of USF, he wasn’t there long and did good things but I never expected to see his athleticism at the Combine with the backflips and all that. I thought George Selvi was gonna be the one to be Drafted that year and then JPP all of a sudden shot up in Draft Boards and went first round. So happy to have him represent!

fl0nase
Reply to  eaustinyoung
7 months ago

USF class of ‘04 myself. Was so excited to get JPP and happy he has lived up to the player we remember from the Giants.

This teams getting some swagger now and just needs to keep pounding that rock.

Spitfire
7 months ago

I Love it! That’s the attitude I want for every single member of our Defense. He’s as dedicated as ever. I wouldn’t expect anything less from him. Everyone that counted him out time and time again, he’s proven them wrong and then some. I hope he gets 5 sacks Mon night!

Ja'crispy
7 months ago

I love the attitude! Glad I drafted the Bucs defense in fantasy this year. Definitely starting them this week.

KV
KV
7 months ago

JPP and the other LB’s will be the difference in this game. Revenge SZN! Go Bucs!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m8Ft7SI890

scubog
7 months ago

As a University of Tampa grad from back in the day, when the Spartans had a really good football team; it saddens me that U.T. no longer fields even a Division III team. Then again, neither does USF. LOL!

Spitfire
Reply to  scubog
7 months ago

UT was the jam back in the day! And no, USF doesn’t field as good of a Div I team as we should, but we do have a first rounder playin for the Bucs right now! Drove by UT the other day, it’s still there at least!

fredster
7 months ago

Dude has lots of heart and non stop motor. All you could ask for in a player.

Timbuc2
7 months ago

“I’m Coming For Their Necks”…get it?