Report: Bucs DE Pierre-Paul to attend mini-camp

Former New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is expected at next week's mini-camp.Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has been a no-show for all this offseason’s voluntary organized team activities, but he is expected to attend next week’s mandatory minicamp, according to ESPN.

Citing a source, ESPN reported that Pierre-Paul will be at the team’s mini-camp Tuesday through Thursday and he has been training on his own four hours per day.

The Buccaneers acquired Pierre-Paul from the New York Giants this offseason for a third-round draft pick and the two teams traded fourth-round selections. He is set to make $12.5 million this season.

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said he is not that concerned by Pierre-Paul’s absence. He added that they have been in touch with each other and Pierre-Paul has visited the team’s facilities.

“We’d love to have everybody here. That’s a perfect world, and we don’t live in a perfect world, unfortunately,” Koetter said.

Pierre-Paul, 29, had 8.5 sacks in 2017 with the Giants.

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Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul missed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ voluntary organized team activities, but he will participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp this week.

Pierre-Paul worked out on his own rather than attend OTAs, and the Tampa Bay Times reported he showed up at team headquarters on Monday, set to start workouts in the minicamp that begins Tuesday.

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