New York Giants: Justin Tuck Has Something To Prove
The New York Giants used one of their draft picks in the recent 2013 NFL Draft on Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore. Moore slid a couple of rounds despite his pass-rushing talent because of his maturity and size. However, there’s no denying he could be the future pass-rusher lining up opposite of DE Jason Pierre-Paul.
The Giants also have LB Mathias Kiwanuka, who seems to be comfortable with his hand on the ground rushing from the edge. The Giants will continue to seek pass rushers, as general manager Jerry Reese believes the more you get to the quarterback, the better for the defense. These pass rushers currently on the roster makes this an interesting year for DE Justin Tuck.
Tuck is entering the final year of his contract, and he has not performed up to expectations the past two seasons. The Giants did not hesitate to let DE Osi Umenyiora go in free agency, as they feel his production and asking price just didn’t match up. The same probably can be said for Tuck next year around this time if he doesn’t have a season like he did in 2010, when he racked up over 10 sacks.
Tuck isn’t necessarily asking for a new long-term deal or a lot of money, unlike Umenyiora. However, with the Giants needing to take care of Pierre-Paul and WR Hakeem Nicks next offseason, there’s probably no room for Tuck unless he takes something very close to the veteran’s minimum.
Tuck will be 30 years old turning 31 when free agency starts next March. That isn’t too young but it also isn’t too old, meaning Tuck shouldn’t settle for just anything yet.