JPP Talks Business; Ndamukong Suh Talks JPP

November 1st, 2019

Did Buccaneers doctors initially tell Jason Pierre-Paul that he wouldn’t be able to play football again?

That’s a very interesting question, one that JPP doesn’t want to answer publicly.

Sunday at his locker following the loss to the Titans, Joe asked JPP whether any doctors told him after his May car accident that his broken neck would end his football career.

“I don’t want to answer that question. That’s a good question right there,” JPP replied. That question ended JPP’s little news conference but not before JPP said to Joe something like you got your answer right there, “you feel me?”

Joe waited for JPP in the tunnel after he left the locker room for a more private conversation. And while Joe can’t speak with 100 percent certainty, Joe would bet a lot of cash that Bucs doctors advised JPP that he wouldn’t be able to play again and/or in 2019.

JPP restructured his contract after opening day to make himself a free agent in 2020, in addition to basically agreeing to a heavily incentive-based, non-guaranteed deal for the remainder of 2019.

So how might JPP feel about getting second-guessed by his own team, assuming that was the case? Joe has not heard JPP praise team trainers and doctors since his return. That’s rather typical when a player gets back quickly from injury. If anyone has, please forward Joe the quote.

In the final minute of the JPP interview from Wednesday below, FOX-13 reporter Kevin O’Donnell talks to JPP about his re-worked contract. JPP said he wants to play for the Bucs next year but the NFL is a business and he’s happy to be a pending free agent. Joe thinks the one-minute exchange is worth watching.

JPP’s teammates certainly appreciate him. Ndamukong Suh told Joe that JPP was one of the first people he reached out to when he signed with the Bucs in June.

“It’s plain and simple. He’s a dominant first-round pick and he continues to prove that week in and week out,” said Suh, who’s not known for over-the-top praise. “He’s a great dude. I’m glad he’s a teammate.”

22 Responses to “JPP Talks Business; Ndamukong Suh Talks JPP”

  1. Petty Officer Buc Says:

    You can’t trust sports doctors because they are still employees of the franchise and ownership and ultimately serve them. Loom at Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Trent William’s, Earl Thomas, ect. It’s gotten to the point where we will need laws for these athletes to get independent, second opinions to be free of a conflict of interest.

  2. Eastsidebuc Says:

    Game recognizes game right here.

  3. Eastsidebuc Says:

    And the Kid 1st to comment.

  4. Petty Officer Buc Says:

    So typical of the Bucs to needlessly disrespect their veterans. And I wanted to move on from McCoy before last season ended but there was no reason for us to play hardball with him and not let McCoy hit Free Agency before it officially started.

    I’m not a McCoy apologist I just was dumbfounded how Licht handled the situation.

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    most of us have been questioning the medical/training staff for years…..this is nothing new….

    JW hurt his shoulder, bucs doc said, he’s ok…JW has to go get another opinion….

    j. evans has basically missed 2years….

    the list goes on….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  6. Petty Officer Buc Says:

    Never mind the JR Sweezy fiasco. How are these doctors still employed is beyond me.

  7. 813bucboi Says:



    GO BUCS!!!!

  8. MadMax Says:

    You see it all over him “its a business” and we better sign his “business”, WE NEED his “business”!!!

    Sign JPP and Barret, ditch whoever else you have to in order to keep these MEN!!!

  9. R.O. Says:

    You really think “Team” Doctors and Trainers are going to tell any Player that they will definitely be able to come back. So when he does on any single play re-injure and worse case becomes paralyzed and then Blame said TEAM Doctors. Be realistic.. JPP needs to weigh all the medical opinions that he is given just like we all should. You all are just stupid..

  10. R.O. Says:

    Need laws for Players to force them to get 2nd Opinions? Seriously.. Players Rights are Collectively Bargained. They need to protect themselves in their Labor Agreements. The Players are so concerned with Paychecks and not other Rights that they can Collectively Bargain for. We don’t have access to see the Labor Agrrement. There are also Local and State Laws governing how their Medical Benefits work just like normal people. Also JPPs was a NON FOOTBALL INJURY… Not Governed by any Collectively Bargained Labor Deal or Workers Compsenation Laws. And yes Workers Comp does apply to football Injuries.

  11. down in the dirt doug Says:

    When JPP came back he was able to look at the team through fresh eyes.His anger tells it all.He did not like what he saw and was disappointed in the teams efforts.

  12. Sharthappens Says:

    Nice piece Joe. This is the kind of stuff that happens with organizations that are managed poorly. I’m still hung up on the fact that we are one of two teams in the NFL that does not have a data analytics department. Blows my mind.

  13. Pewter power Says:

    For the cut him now crowd as usual you were wrong, he should be back next year because this team is too young anyway. They need a vet like him.

  14. PRBucFan Says:

    The bucks are going to have the nu Myers 1 cap space next year. They will sign whoever they want lol. If he plays well this season. He’s not going anywhere

  15. PRBucFan Says:

    Number 1

  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    We all love JPP as a baller. He probably should have moved on from football and taken up another career for his healths sake. That so called healed injury will be his achilles heel IF..he reaches middle age with pain killers galore and then some. That’s why I respect guys who leave early and have a degree and or business plans for something else. Brutal game. And the real smart ones make bank and leave and utilize that cash to make..more cash.

  17. MadMax Says:

    Love for the game Mike! Thats what we need! money is money, fk money!!! Passion and striving to be the best at your chosen profession is where its at….He wants to win each battle. Pay him!!! You just cant find this anymore…”blew most of a hand off, yeah, broke my neck, yeah, AM IM STILL RELEVANT! He!!! YEAH!”

  18. Rob Says:

    He gone! Enjoy JPP while we can. God, I wish everyone balled out like that man. We would not be 2-5, that’s for sure. Go Bucs

  19. SOEbuc Says:

    JPP gone next year. Re-sign Suh. I only see “man-monster” Anthony Nelson getting better with more reps. If he can come through he could be a huge asset for “Sack B” if the Bucs choose to resign him.

  20. Pit of Misery Says:

    We will over pay for any free agent due to our history and Licht.

  21. Upthecreekwithoutapaddle Says:

    JPP still has plenty of gas in the tank.We need veteran presence like him in the locker room ,he’s a quality guy and player.Good old J L should give him a two year deal at the end of the season that are heavy on incentives and him staying in one piece!

  22. MadMax Says:

    @Pit, name ONE player that has actually come here on a cheap trade or contract, and balled!!!!!! Barret actually turned down MORE money from Denver DUH!!!

    CAN ANYONE NAME ONE GUY?? YES, we have overpaid for scrubs that were not on our roster before, especially O line, toe guy nicks and back guy sweezy.

    JPP and Barret have blessed us with their presence and probably just want whats fair. Its simple really, you KEEP your attack dogs that fight like no others, but knowing the suckaneers, we’l screw this up too….THEY ARE ON OUR TEAM, KEEP THEM!!!! Jesus!