This may be a very controversial topic among New York Giants fans, but I’m going to bring it up anyway. There’s no question that Justin Tuck has been a productive player and an important cog in the Giants winning two Super Bowls during this run. He’s also a leader on the team and on the defense. Nevertheless, should they think about cutting ties after this season?
Tuck has had two injury-plagued, sub-par seasons. You can’t tell me he hasn’t been playing hurt this year either. He’s questionable for this Sunday’s game and it sounds pretty likely he won’t be playing. Tuck last year in 12 games had five sacks and 37 tackles. This year, only three sacks and 43 tackles. He has less sacks combined the past two years than he did in all of 2010.
He will be turning 30 this coming off-season. The Giants have other players that are going to need money and you keep everyone. You can move Matthias Kiwanuka back to his usual position with Jason-Pierre Paul and Osi Umenyiora and be fine at defensive end.
If they don’t cut him, they should talk to him about changing some of his base salary into bonus money which could help the team in free agency or re-signing their own players.
There’s been plenty of games where you don’t hear his name called and you don’t even realize he’s even out there. This has been a problem all season long and it isn’t just him. The Giants have a had a problem all season along the defensive line.
Cutting Tuck may not be the solution to all their problems. In fact, it’s possible that it could cause more issues, however, the Giants need to consider this option moving forward.