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Pierre-Paul wants Giants to keep defensive line intact

As the New York Giants ready to begin what could be a bitter offseason with Osi Umenyiora, at least one prominent Giant already is publicly backing his fellow defensive end.

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Second-year defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul told the New York Post on Wednesday that the Giants should do what it takes to keep the nucleus of their defensive line intact.

"I think it's very important," Pierre-Paul said. "Give him what he wants, man."

Umenyiora butted heads with the Giants' front office last offseason, telling management that he either wanted a new contract or he wanted to be traded. Pierre-Paul isn't as concerned with financials -- he told the Post he's content with his own rookie deal -- as much as he wants to keeping playing with Umenyiora and Justin Tuck.

"That's a great guy and trust me, a guy like that on your team, he's a playmaker," Pierre-Paul said. "Just us three defensive ends, we've got a couple more on the line, but I feel like we're all on there together, it's unstoppable. Who's going to stop us? We've got the best defensive line in the country, and everybody sees that. So bring him back."

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