Justin Tuck wraps up Robert Griffin III for one of his four sacks last night.

Justin Tuck signs two-year, $11 million deal with Raiders

Justin Tuck is an Oakland Raider.

Tuck has signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Raiders (Schefter, March 13).

Tuck has played every year with the Giants after they drafted him in the third round of the 2005 draft. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2010, and won two Super Bowls with New York.

He has 60.5 sacks in his career, with two interceptions and 20 forced fumbles.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Did not believe it would come to this, but as they say, money talks. The Giants’ offer was probably much lower, making the decision an easier one for Tuck.

Ralph Vacchiano tweeted that Tuck did afford the Giants an opportunity to match the Raiders’ offer.

The Giants will need to replace their oft-injured captain at DE, even though he only had one solid half-season over the past three years. Currently, the team will go with JPP, Mathias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore in the rotation with possible spells from Cullen Jenkins.

As I wrote this morning, there may be more inexpensive options on the free agent market, in that “second wave” such as former Bronco Robert Ayers.




13 comments
mike23
mike23

It was probably time to move on from tuck who hasn't been the same player for the last couple seasons. Figured Oakland would offer a solid deal and they did that so time to move on. 

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

I love Justin Tuck. He has been my favorite player since he came here because I am also a huge Notre Dame fan. With that being said, it was time for Tuck to go. He hasn't been the leader of the defense since 2011; Antrel Rolle has been the real leader the past 2 seasons. You can date back to the dirty Flozell Adams play where Tuck has declined, but the past 2 seasons have been pretty bad; Tuck has been a shell of his former self in 2012 & 2013. In 2012, with the Giants in the hunt for the playoffs down the stretch, Tuck disappeared. When the Giants needed his leadership & pass rushing ability down the stretch in 2012, he missed crucial time with a mysterious injury that left even Tom Coughlin scratching his head. Most importantly, he finished 2012 with a total of 4 sacks. I guess you could say he had a "bounce-back" year in 2013, totaling 11 sacks, but you have to see when he got them. The majority of his sacks (8.5) happened in weeks 13-17, after the Giants' week 12 loss to the Cowboys that more or less ended their season. More than half of his 11 sacks (6.0) took place against the terrible Redskins' O-Line in weeks 13 & 17. In weeks 1-12, including the 0-6 stretch to start the season, Tuck managed only 2.5 sacks; that's not a leader displaying his leadership through his play. The Giants have only approximately $20 million in cap space & have numerous holes to fill, including OL, RB (check), WR, DE, and CB. Even if they kept Tuck, the Giants needed more DE help because JPP is an unknown, as is Damontre Moore. The Raiders paid Tuck $11 million for the next 2 seasons, an average of $5.5 million per year. I believe the contract is fully guaranteed & is basically two one year contracts, similar to the one Revis got with the Buccaneers before last season. At this point in his career, Tuck will be lucky to average $1 million per sack in 2014 (5.5 sacks). With as many holes as the Giants have, it wouldn't have made sense for the Giants to allocate that much money on a declining player, regardless of who he is. I'm going to make a prediction here & it is that Tuck will once again be a free agent after the 2014 season because the Raiders will cut him after he puts together a 2-4 sack season. The Raiders will quickly realize that they once again overpaid for a very good player in the twilight of his career. Fortunately for them, they have the cap space where they can make such a mistake, whereas the Giants just don't. After he is cut, maybe the Giants could bring him back on an incentive-laden contract for 1 year so he can retire a Giant.

The bigger issue at play here is the change in the way teams are successful. In 2007 & 2011, the Giants were able to win their titles behind a very good pass rush. It is still important to have a good pass rush, but it is no longer a way to mask a weak secondary. QB's around the league are becoming quicker & quicker at releasing the ball to the point where a traditional pass rush no longer gets it done on defense. In order to be successful on defense now, you need big, physical corners who can jam & disrupt the timing between QB & WR, forcing the QB to hold the ball longer so the D-Line can get to him. I believe the Giants are seeing that as well & they are allocating their money to the LBs & secondary. Damontre Moore, JPP, and Kiwi are quality players that are above average pass rushers. The mantra of never having enough pass rushers no longer holds true. The Giants need to take the money they are saving with Tuck & need to bring back T2 & add another veteran CB. Even though our safeties, with Stevie Brown, Antrel Rolle, and Will Hill, are one of the best groups in the league, our CB group of Trumaine McBride, Jayron Hosley & Prince Amukamara leaves a lot to beg for. Reese needs to look into locking up either Antonio Cromartie, Brandon Browner, or DR-C in order to get in line of what successful teams are doing. Even bringing in Carlos Rogers as a Nickel-back would be an improvement. The Giants need to add a WR in the 1st round (assuming Nicks leaves) & they can't afford to use a 1st rounder on a CB for the second time in four years. The NFL is ever-changing, sometimes on a yearly basis, and I think the Giants allowing Tuck to leave without a fight is a sign of changing times.

Chris Molloy
Chris Molloy

Figured he would not be back when Oakland was involved. They had too much cap space and are a poorly run organization. Tuck was a great Giant and will be welcomed back and put into the Giants Ring of Honor.

homerjay
homerjay

Part of me doesn't blame Tuck. He has the rings, the pro bowls and now he has more money. His better days are surely well behind him. I'll miss the old Tuck and Tuck the person but I think this is the right decision by the Giants.

cedes
cedes

Chicago scored Willie Young for pretty cheap (3 years 9mil) I would have been very pleased with that

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

Thanks for the memories JT. I will always remember your contributions during two great Super Bowl runs. Best of Luck!


Well, it certainly is the changing of the guard around Giant land, but that's the nature of the sport. You can't always pay guys for past achievements when they are clearly past their prime. I am ready for some new blood. Time to turn the page...

Nick Correa
Nick Correa

So what are our options for DE now? We could arguably need 2 seeing how JPP is coming off the shoulder and back issues... If he doesn't come back to form we could be screwed.... Jared Allen maybe... Thoughts??

Major Pain 0303
Major Pain 0303

Good for him. Its prolly his last contract and he wanted to make some money. I'm sure the Giants only offered him 7 for 2 years. He better get used to losing. We all have seen a frustrated Tuck is a crappy Tuck. Good luck.

Major Pain 0303
Major Pain 0303

@Kevin Joseph Patrick  Yeah I gotta agree. Its smart cause I mean take away the 2 redskin games and he has 5 sacks in 14 games. I love him but i gotta call bull when he says his goal was to win more championships cause he would have stayed with the Giants or went to Philly. U sign with Oakland because they offered him more money which is his right. He's done us proud and for that we thank him. No ill will but plz Tuck don't say it was about the championships because the black hole won't win one in the 2 years ur there.

rico
rico

@fast_eddie  yup, Justin has been Tucker-ed-out for the last few years. He's running on fumes and is not getting the last paycheck before sunset.  I guess he doesn't mind losing for $. bah!