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2016 NFL free agency: Jason Pierre Paul turns down Cardinals, returns to Giants on one-year deal

Arizona strikes out on its top pass rushing target.

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The Arizona Cardinals appear to have lost out on their top pass rushing target this offseason. After making a push for Jason Pierre Paul, the six-year veteran chose to return to the New York Giants, the only team he has played for in his NFL career, on a one-year deal.

Pierre Paul, who missed eight games  last season recovering from an offseason hand injury when fireworks exploded while he was holding them and only recorded one sack, turned down more money from other teams, including the Cardinals, to return to New York.

He thanked the teams who courted him in an Instagram post.

Arizona reportedly has several possible targets in their goal of improving their pass rush.

The deal for Pierre Paul is reportedly worth $10 million.