Defense Facing Tough Choices: What’s in Store For Tuck, Boley

The Giants have some tough personnel decisions facing them this offseason. DE Osi Umenyiora and some other veterans will most likely be shown the door as the team looks to get younger and deeper through cheaper options.

Most of those changes figure to be on defense. LB Michael Boley is a prime candidate for either a pay cut or an outright release. From

Due $4.25 million in 2013, Boley was benched for the final three games of the season, playing just 73 snaps after Week 14. The G-Men will surely ask Boley to slash his salary, but the soon-to-be 31-year-old veteran may be better off refusing and earning his release so he can test the open market. Either way, Boley is unlikely to enter 2013 with a starting job.

Who will be replacing Boley? Take your pick of Spencer Paysinger, Jacquian Williams, Mark Herzlich, Jake Muasau or Keith Rivers, should they choose to bring him back.

Another major candidate looks to be defensive captain Justin Tuck, who has had two consecutive seasons of declining production precipitated by personal tragedies and nagging physical issues. But with Osi surely gone, why would the Giants want to cut ties with Tuck as well?

The reason is simple: they still have Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka to hold down thier two DE spots. In addition, they have been developing Adrian Tracy (aka Young Osi) and are still high on Adewale Ojomo, the UDFA out of Miami who made a splash in preseason last August. They also just signed Matt Broha to a futures deal, who also showed promise last summer.

The WheelHouse debates if the Giants should cut ties with Justin Tuck and how that would affect Jason Pierre-Paul, if at all: