Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Tuck's final season as a Giant?
By Tim Kavanagh
A key part of the nucleus that brought the New York Giants their last Super Bowl title, veteran DE Justin Tuck has struggled over the past two regular seasons, as a series of injuries have prevented him from playing up to the level of 2010, when he registered 11.5 sacks and generated six fumbles. If nothing changes between now and next spring, Tuck will be an unrestricted free agent.
At this point of the offseason, Tuck feels healthy and sounds quite ready to get back on track in 2013. "For whatever reason it is, I feel more alive in a football sense than I have in a long time," Tuck declared Monday, per ESPNNewYork.com. "And that is a huge motivation for me this year. I don't know if it is last year, or people saying a lot of things around this team and myself. I don't know what it is. But I am in a good state right now."
With another strong campaign, it would seem likely that the Giants would be interested in extending Tuck's tenure with the club. However, there are a number of other factors involved -- from a financial standpoint, the team also has WRs Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz to worry about, and those situations may take precedence. If Tuck is left to explore free agency, the team will move ahead with Jason Pierre-Paul (signed through 2014) and Mathias Kiwanuka (signed through 2015), and hope that players such as Adewale Ojomo and rookie Damontre Moore develop into the next generation of dominant Giant DEs.