Without Justin Tuck, the New York Giants might not have won the two Super Bowl titles that the team captured earlier in the century. However, New York isn’t exactly a Super Bowl contender anymore and its 5-9 overall record is a sign of things to come. Last offseason, the Giants saw one of their icons leave town as Osi Umenyiora booked for the Atlanta Falcons. Long story short: an era of Giants football is closing and Tuck isn’t likely to stick around for the next chapter.
Tuck made it a point earlier this year that he would not be doing any negotiating during the year as the pending free agent wanted to focus on his play. Well, that theory worked rather well as Tuck has racked up nine sacks on the season, which is the same amount as the star defensive end had in 2011 and 2012 combined! Let’s not forget that Tuck knows how the system works as 2013 was a big contract year for Tuck and he’s definitely looking to make some money on the open market.
In addition to that, why in the world would the reeling Giants commit so much money to a 31-year-old Tuck when the team has so many other needs? While re-signing Tuck might be a good PR move for the G-Men it doesn’t make much sense at the end of the day. So while Tuck can say all the right things about staying in New York, he knows the NFL is business and if the Giants aren’t willing to pay for his services then that’s fine, because someone else is.