Where Is Jason Pierre-Paul?

September 18th, 2019

Joe didn’t see Jason Pierre-Paul on the Buccaneers sidelines during the must-win game against the Panthers. Joe even had the brilliant JoeBucsFan.com photographer looking for him.

No sign of JPP on opening day, either, not that Joe could tell.

Is JPP a fixture at practice with his teammates now that he’s been cleared by medical staff for football-related rehab following his May neck fracture? Joe can’t answer that with a “yes.”

Has JPP been filling his popular Instagram page with Bucs-related optimism and excitement? Nope.

Bucco Bruce Arians was asked today about the whereabouts of JPP’s rehab and said, “It’s a little bit of everywhere. A little bit of everywhere. And I kind of like it like that. When it’s time, I don’t have any worries about him chomping at the bit being ready to go.”

Joe hopes JPP is grinding his way back to football readiness, but Joe won’t pretend it’s a good thing that JPP isn’t more visible and involved with his teammates. Are you all-in or not, JPP?

60 Responses to “Where Is Jason Pierre-Paul?”

  1. BetterBucFan Says:

    Maybe he’s not comfortable with the new coaching staff and how he’ll fit into a 3-4? He was traded from the Giants because he didn’t fit that scheme.

  2. Pittsshore Says:

    Probably not a good idea to have a player with an injured neck sitting on the sidelines. You also need to keep in mind that the cameras will be on him and his outgoing personality will make it look like he doesn’t even care to come back

  3. Todd Says:

    Joe, Miami is intentionally tanking. They don’t give a sh!t about this year. Why not trade him to Miami for one of their newly acquired draft picks and save $7.5 million? Miami could let him rehab the entire year…no rush. Then next year they have a beast at a very reasonable price. We use the money on acquiring a player who actually WANTS to be part of the team.

    For me, there’s ZERO excuse for him being an Instagram ghost. He’ll, my very Instagram-popular therapy dog ZammyPup is about to unfollow JPP because his damned posts are getting so depressing.

    Not happy with all things JPP.

    I’m off that bus.

  4. pick6 Says:

    not unusual for guys with long-term injuries to be somewhat invisible. i think being reminded of their fragility spooks the healthy players a bit. Also in JPP’s case where reinjury seems to be on everyone’s mind, they probably don’t want such an issue happening in their building and going from being a “non football injury” to an on-the-job one

  5. AwShbucs Says:

    What a joke. Why would you want a guy recovering from a major neck surgery standing on the sidelines before he’s fully healed?

    Collisions happen all the time. I’ve seen countless camera men, ball boys, water boys, coaches, players, et cetera get obliterated by players running out of bounds at or near full speed.

    JPP cheerleading out there ain’t worth the risk of him suffering a set back in his recovery.

    The guy came back from blowing off half his hand and played through injury all last season. He’s a warrior through and through. Questioning his commitment or motivation is silly.

  6. ocala Says:

    I think the Bucs should have cut JPP. The good news is he wont count against the cap next year.

  7. Get a clue Says:

    I know I definitely saw him post at a game. He was just In suite with family instead of the sidelines. Someonething he hasn’t been able to do since he has been in the league

  8. Todd Says:


    Yeah, you’re right. Plus, you never know when Barrett or Nelson might lean back in their chairs in the ROOM and accidentally re-injure his neck. Yep, keep him out of that room too where he might risk picking up the Todd Bowles defense or, heaven forbid, actually mentoring some of the younger players.

    Stay in Miami…far, far away from making ANY team contributions!

    And tend to your Instagram. And “MOI-AAH!” Your pool looks great…interior decorating, “FABULOUS!”

    Bullish!t, SchBucs…he’s getting paid a sh!tload of money, taking up a roster spot and MAILING IT IN!

    Ask Washington how Garcia managed the exact same scenario! He was a pro. Was there for his team.

    Bit wait…Todd Bowles scheme is so easy to comprehend. He never needed to be in the room to learn. Nah, you’re right.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Please clear up the confusion……..are we paying the entire $15 mil to JPP? or do we retain him at $7.5?

    And, why on earth would Miami want an injured player….at any price?

  10. Mike Johnson Says:

    Should have let JPP go and picked up somebody else. sure he will come back and play for a while then back out again. wish we did not hold on to damaged assets for so long. Good teams do what has to be done and move on. I’m not feelin this whole thing. We shall see.

  11. Hodad Says:

    There’s no couch, or recliner, or A.C. on the sideline. Dudes career is over. He’s just sucking his last millions from the clueless Glazers, and the fool G.M. who’s hoping against hope JPP will ride in, and help us get to the playoffs. Licht loves paying players for nothing, look at Justin Evans. Guys had a hang nail on his big toe that’s kept him on I.R. for two years now. Only Licht would pay top dollar for nothing, and will continue to do so.

  12. Snook Says:

    Is this really an issue he’s not around the facility or on the sidelines? C’mon now.

  13. Bucs Fan Says:

    @Joe he was watching from a suite with his son. Saw it on IG.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Just how much are we obligated to pay JPP this year?……

  15. Cali Says:

    Hello Joe,

    I believe JPP posted a few images on IG watching the Bucs opener at a suite at RJS. He appeared to be at the opening game with his son.

  16. 813bucboi Says:

    he’s an after thought right now….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  17. Jarrid Says:

    JPP was at the home opener. He showed a picture of himself and his son on instagram in a buc suite.

  18. Rod Munch Says:

    Winston suddenly showed up on the injury report with a foot issue. Supposed to still start, but where did that come from?

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    I’m just as curious as TBBF & Anonymous. How much are the Bucs paying for JPP to stay on the NFI list? I have no problem with the first $7.5 mil that we supposedly already paid BEFORE his accident. But paying him the remaining $7.4 mil for the privilege of keeping him on our NFI list is dumb. NFL teams are under no obligation to do so from what I’ve read, nor should we do so. I’d say that $7.5 mil for NOT playing is a pretty good payday all by itself. If he makes it back this season, then I’m fine with paying him a pro-rata amount game-by-game, but not fine with it if he doesn’t.

  20. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    This is why he has the broken neck, instead of being here for mini-camp he was speeding in Miami at 4am. He plays hard, but he did this BS last year too, didn’t show up until he had to. Leadership my ass.

  21. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Maybe they don’t want him flying because of turbulence? Can you imagine him jamming his head into the overhead compartment?

  22. Pickgrin Says:

    AwShbucs Says:
    “The guy came back from blowing off half his hand and played through injury all last season. He’s a warrior through and through. Questioning his commitment or motivation is silly.”

    Well said.

    C’Mon Joe – JPP’s absence from sidelines during games is no reason to question his commitment to help this team in any way possible – ONCE HE”S HEALTHY ENOUGH TO DO SO.

    As soon as Pierre-Paul has the green light to resume “football activities” – you will see him – and likely not much until that time….

  23. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @Joe & Defense

    It seems to me that the financial situation with JPP ought to be clear by now….

    I am going on the assumption that we are intending to pay the entire salary.

    I guess we have two hopes with that…..

    1. That he returns this year….and is able to play at that level
    2. That our loyalty to him will make him an even better Buc next year.

  24. SchlomieBarmitzvahCircumScissorStein Says:

    He didn’t want to be near the putrid uniforms.

  25. AwShbucs Says:

    Todd aka silly homer boy…

    Your argument sucks and your an idiot. That is all.

  26. Buczilla Says:

    We have enough cheerleader types on this team (Jameis accounts for a whole squad), so as long as JPP comes in healthy and produces soon I’m not worried about him not being on the sidelines. It is odd though that he’s not showing for games. I think the main reason that he is on the roster is the 3 that we gave up for him, and to a lesser extent, the hope that he can be close to 100% for the final few games.

  27. SCBucsFan Says:

    As always on this board, haters take every bit of information as poorly as they can on this board. Then again when all you are is a hammer you see the entire world as a nail.

  28. Todd Says:


    Saying, “Your argument sucks” is not an argument.

    Throw in an ad hominem…still not an argument.

    No, my minimum wage boy…your negative bravado is just cover for the fact you still live in your mom’s basement.

    And that small appendage between your legs…relax. Some are afflicted. No need to try and make up for it with the false bravado. That’s why God also gave you a small hand.

  29. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says: Says:

    Move along folks…nothing to see here !

  30. Rod Munch Says:

    The Cowboys cut Taco…

    Bucs could claim him if they wanted to.

    Anywho a lot of people on this board were calling for the Bucs to draft Taco, totally ignoring the “stupid name” rule I pointed out that the time – and that is players with stupid names, bust. I’d like my apology.

  31. unbelievable Says:

    “Where is Jason Pierre Paul?”

    Well today he was at USF, actually.

  32. Bobbo Says:

    Slow news day?

  33. BigMacAttack Says:

    JPP doesn’t need the distractions at 1BP. I’m sure he’s doing what needs to be done and he doesn’t need the media for that. BA said a mouthful in one statement. Stop whining Joe 😂

  34. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    I’m guessing he’s holed up in Bonzee’s Mom’s basement…home of the Elf Erotica HQ…where he is secretly receiving magical healing potions as he plots not only his return…but will no doubt lead the Bucs to the NFC Championship Game. Allegedly.

  35. AwShbucs Says:

    Lol nice try Toddy boy. You assume much but know little. Attacking the strawman you’ve constructed of me where I earn minimum wage and live at home with the folks is equal parts banal and cute.

    Literally no one in the history of the Nfl has gotten injured by a team mate leaning too far back in a chair.

    People have however sustained injury by being mollywhopped unexpectedly on the sideline.

    And the person in question has a track record of doing the exact opposite of what you accuse him of doing. As I mentioned earlier the guy was injured practically the entire year and still wracked up 12.5 sacks and near 60 tackles whilst simultaneously serving as a mentor ie him taking practice reps inside in order to show Vea how done.

    Like i said homer boy, your argument sucks. It’s not supported by even a shred of evidence. That’s just a fact. Nighty night.

  36. AwShbucs Says:

    How *it’s* done.

    Lucky for you I committed an omission based typo so you can dismiss everything I just said.

  37. webster Says:

    This is the dumbest fan base. All last offseason you yahoos were saying the same thing when jpp missed all the otas. Learning the playbook, team building yada yada yada. Jpp hit the ground running and was by far our best defensive player and 2nd best player on the team. Newsflash…..jpp’s job/playbook is simple…..RUSH THE QUARTERBACK…THE END!!!!! Not too difficult to learn. Btw he has the playbook just like he did last year and just like last year i’m sure he is asking questions if he is not understanding something. Yall just love to b!+ch just to b!+ch

  38. Todd Says:


    Because you’re not very smart, you misinterpreted my original point. I could give a sh!t if he’s on the sideline. He can be sitting on your face for all I care. My point is that he should BE WITH THE TEAM! He should be in the rooms learning the installs. He should be supporting the new teammates with his advanced knowledge. He’s making BANK and is not entitled to stay in Miami and interior decorate and fall behind his teammates. What about that does your dumb a$$ not understand?

    Or do you think he can simply pick up the complicated TB defense by clicking his heels together and clapping his 1-1/2 hands?

    You are legitimately the most “contributor” in here. And by calling me “homer” you submit that my desire that the dude actually contribute is because I live in Tampa Bay?

    Ignorance suits you.

  39. Todd Says:

    “legitimately the most STUPID contributor in here…”

    But you know that already.

  40. BigMacAttack Says:

    Middle School Girl Drama in the lunchroom. STFU😂😂😂

  41. webster Says:


    Jpp does not need to be here to help teammates. You dont think he gets a copy of the game cut ups the coaches make for the TEAM? You dont think he is not getting the installs? You think he can’t get on the phone and call a player to tell them what they are doing wrong on the film? You think he cant facetime a player? This is 2019 and there are these things called the phone, email, computers, etc. Hey there is this thing called go to meeting where i can be in my draws and attend a meeting that is happening in japan and converse with clients and colleagues in real time. You have absolutely no idea of what jpp and the bucs are doing. Its 2019. You guys sound stupid.

  42. Cobraboy Says:

    Non-issue, non-story.

  43. 941bucsfan Says:

    He was up in the suite in the opener. Seen him

  44. Mort Says:

    What good would it do for him to be around the team? He cant possibly coach them and would just be in the way. Also at risk of injury being around a football game sideline. Look at Sean Payton a few years ago.

  45. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    This is a total none issue. I don’t remember where I read or heard it, but JPP is doing his rehab back home with his own doctors, as he has always done.

  46. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    Resign Barrett and cut JPP

  47. AwShbucs Says:

    The #1 priority for JPP right now is rehabbing his neck. Then it will he getting into football shape. We are talking about a 10 year vet and an established team leader, questioning his dedication to the team is downright stupid given his track record as a pro.

    I called you homer boy btw because you wrote idiotic diatribes all summer long whining at joe for being too negative.

    And you know full well I’m no where close to being the stupidest poster on here. Theres plenty of fools posting daily that dont even have a high school grasp of the English language when it’s the only one they speak.

    Feel free to carry on jabbering about nonsense though by all means. And when JPP returns and immediately makes an impact on an already stout defense… well you’ll look even more foolish than you do right now.

  48. AwShbucs Says:

    *be* not he…

  49. Old School Athlete Says:

    If this was a rookie or somebody I didn’t know, I might be a little concerned, but I’ve been watching JPP since college. The guy loves the game, he wants to win and hates losing. He’s been around long enough, I’m not worried about him picking up the new system. He’s probably already been working on it behind the scenes.
    I think he’s probably pretty pumped about the new emphasis on pass rush. That’s his thing, why would he not want to be a part of it?

  50. Brandon Says:

    Todd, why the eff would Miami trade away picks they just acquired to pick up an older injured guy? Miami is trying to build for the future, not acquire guys that will be retired in a few years when they hope to be good. No more thinking out loud, please.

  51. Todd Says:


    Because I’m an optimist relating to our team, that makes me a “homer”?!

    Because I call Joe out on his incessant pursuit of the negative when it comes to reporting on the Bucs makes me a “homer”?!

    I mean, define the term. What precisely is a “homer”?

    Someone who is passionate about their home team?

    If so, guilty!

    What’s your excuse for posting in here?!

    Your parents didn’t tell you, “I love you”?!

    You have an odd disassociation between being a true fan but an emotionally embattled one? That produces a certain inner angst that negates your ability to actually find anything positive about your “homer” team?

    No, dude…I’m normal; you’re just a dousche.

    You seek attention from being negative. Look. After a decade of sucking, I can understand if you’re a bit weak-minded. If you cannot muster rallying behind led your “homer” team.

    No worries, Bromigo. Just means you’re a non-Bucs-fan.

    A poser.

    Some of us infer…a POS.

    But at least you have small hands still. Maybe they’ll be “BIG BOYS” soon!

    Rooting for you.

  52. BucEmUp Says:

    Wow….Im sure there are a crap load of other topics to cover ratger than this..The guy isnt due back until late October at the earliest.

  53. AwShbucs Says:

    Hahaha how am I being negative by saying JPP is going to be fine and this a non story. Also that parents comment, projecting much?

    I’ve been predicting a playoff birth and revived defense on here since we hired Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles, I was high on the draft and free agency signings and I’m literally one of the least negative people on here.

    YOU are the one taking a negative stance by accusing one of our best players of mailing it in… So its evident and clear to me that you have no clue what you’re talking about and literally are just spewing nonsense for the sake of continuing the arguement.

    I’m done. Take your meds and go night night.

    Go Bucs…

  54. Buccanr1 Says:

    Todd, your take was a bad one, let it go.

  55. Tackleblockwin Says:

    All I want is for JPP to heal up. Don’t care if he is at the facility or the games. He will be ready when he is ready.

  56. Rod Munch Says:

    “unbelievable Says:
    Well today he was at USF, actually.”

    For some reason, just reading that, it reminded me of all the stories about Chris Chandler who used to cruise around USF in a convertible trying to pick up chicks. I hope for his sake he had some success because if you’re an NFL QB and you can’t score with some college chicks in your Sunbird convertible, well that’s a real morale killer.

    Speaking of Chandler, that should go on the all-time bust list for the Bucs. They gave up the #2 pick in the draft for just over one season of Chandler, then just ended up continuing to play Vinny anyways. The Bucs were only saved by the fact the top 2 picks in the 1992 draft were both busts, and the Bucs certainly would have taken Quentin Coryatt or Steve Emtman.

  57. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    Man doesn’t have to answer to no one but coach

  58. Hodad Says:

    If you idiots are afraid he might get hurt standing on the sideline 5 months after his accident, then you’re even bigger idiots thinking he can actually come back, and play in a football game this year! The only thing JPP cares about the Bucs is if the paycheck clears. He isn’t worth the first 7.5 million we already paid him, let alone the next 7 million we’re going to pay him for NOTHING!

  59. kstoges Says:

    Guys jpp is a vet when he’s ready he’ll be back he wants to be a buc I have no doubt about it

  60. Alex Says:

    I saw jpp at @rayj in a neck brace but in a suit walking around outside the stadium