"Jason is an elite-level edge rusher who will make an immediate impact on our defense," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. "We are adding a two-time Pro Bowler who is passionate about the game and has established himself as one of the league's premier defensive ends. Jason is an incredibly hard-working playmaker on the defensive front with a unique skill set that allows him to stay on the field in both rushing and passing situations."
ESPN first reported the trade.
In acquiring a player that doesn't fit the Giants' new 3-4 defensive scheme, the Bucs take over Pierre-Paul's $17.5 million cap number and a his $11.25 million salary.
Selling Pierre-Paul provides Gettleman cap flexibility down the road -- possibly to use on an Odell Beckham Jr. extension. In the short term, it could signal the Giants might consider using the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft on a pass rusher, like Bradley Chubb. The former N.C. State standout had a private workout with the Giants recently and is scheduled to visit the team next month, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The trade could also indicate a complete rebuild for a team with an aging quarterback.