John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Former Giants defensive captain and two-time Super Bowl-winning DE Justin Tuck is apparently still stunned the Giants did not ardently pursue resigning him in free agency after nine seasons of dedicated service.
Tuck had his best season in three years in 2013 (41 tackles, 11 sacks), but the team dynamic is shifting towards younger players with brighter upsides. Although Tuck is only 31, he’s had a myriad of injuries that have slowed him over the years.
The Giants feel with a healthy JPP, a focused Mathias Kiwanuka and second-year up-and-comer Damontre Moore, they will have more than enough to defray the loss of Tuck.
Perhaps seeing free agent signee Robert Ayers wearing his old number and lining up in his old spot on the defense has him feeling a bit homesick.
From Pro Football Talk:
Tuck told Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger he’s still a bit surprised he’s a Raider now.
“To answer your question, I am still surprised I’m not a New York Giant,” Tuck said.
The two-year, $11 million deal was enough to send him west, which still baffles some Giants fans.
“The only thing weird is when you see Giants fans who have a tendency to tell you how stupid [the team] is,” Tuck said. “Those are their words, not mine. But yeah, it was weird. You spend nine years in one place. You have a lot of success there and a lot of great friends. So yeah, it’s going to be weird but I understand the business side of things and you need to move forward.”
Once a Giant, always a Giant. I can see why Tuck has that forlorn feeling. The Giants are a top-notch organization who have experienced recent success. The Raiders have not had a winning season 2002 and are stuck on a losing treadmill.
Surely the addition of Tuck and other veterans can mix with the slew of young studs the Raiders have brought in this spring, but until that happens Raider players and fans are skeptical.
Tuck was not just a player here, he had a large presence in the community and in charity circles. He’s a good guy and many Giant fans feel the team should have made him a more respectful offer, which was reported to be less than half of what Oakland signed him for.