2014 Offseason: Justin Tuck to test free agency, should Oakland consider?

Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (91) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Former Super Bowl Champ and New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is planning to test the free agency market for the first time in his career. Tuck reportedly will not re-sign with the Giants before he is set to become a free agent and he will test out the free agency waters, but he won’t rule out signing back with the team.

“I will see what the market is for me,” Tuck said during a Super Bowl promotional appearance. “I’ve never been in this situation before, and it’s a great opportunity for myself. I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn’t see what the market is, and I will.” – NY Post

Tuck will be 31 in late March, but he did have one of his best seasons as a pro last year. He registered 11 sacks and played in all 16 games, continuing to be one of the best players on the New York Giants defense even if the team struggled towards its worst season in recent memory. All of those things point towards Tuck having enough in the tank to give a couple of productive seasons to whoever is willing to pay him should the Giants wish to rebuild and press the reset button by letting their veteran pass rusher go.

His inclusion in the free agency market will be intriguing for the Raiders as they are in the market for talented pass rushers and Tuck definitely fits the bill. Although he his hitting the latter stages of his career, a move for Tuck would give Oakland’s defense a Richard Seymour-like veteran who might even have more in the tank and also a player who has been apart of a winning franchise in the Giants. Depending on his price tag which could be lower than expected after veteran players of all kinds found out the market for older players has lowered during 2013 free agency, Tuck could be a good addition for the Raiders. Especially if Lammar Houston walks out for free agency himself and the Raiders are in need of a proven defensive end before hoping to land Jadeveon Clowney in the draft.

Topics: 2014 Offseason, Justin Tuck, Oakland Raiders

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  • George Castorena

    I say justin would fit right n da raider nation ke is tough proven winner and we that come 2014

  • sickoe47

    Lamaar Houston isn’t going anywhere.signing someone like Justin tuck or jared Allen will bring much need swagger and a pass rush to this defense that doesn’t have an identity.

  • John Camp

    no way he is over and done just like Seymour was, there are better younger players out there who could help, this is a free agent that AL DAVIS would have jumped on and given him a contract that would have taken 5 years to pay off

  • Jaime Olguin

    From seeing Reggie deal with fA and the Draft I don’t think he would sign Tuck, and right now we don’t know what
    Tuck is worth, Reggie is going to be very carefull with the spending so we could still be flexible with future capspace.
    But think that Justin Tuck stilll has a lot left in his tank and I would love to sign him to a far contract, March is right
    Around the corner and so is the draft I guess will just wait and see what happens. Go RAIDERS!!!!

  • PJ

    I would not sign him at 31. Lets draft, sign young and build deep and wide. Throwing a big contract at aging trench men makes no sense? Bigger money for a guy like Mack makes more sense. We need to manage money and not let money manage us now!!!

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