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New York Giants’ Justin Tuck not Thinking About Retirement or Free Agency; Focused on 2013

December 4th, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

The phrases "done, old and washed up" have been thrown around quite a bit over the last couple of years with regards to New York Giants defensive end and captain Justin Tuck.

Injuries had taken their toll on Tuck over the last couple of seasons, his sack totals weren't where they once were and he's approaching the ominous age in the NFL that gets looked at as if you're headed for the senior citizen homes; 30. To the average person, turning 30 might seem like it's nothing, but in NFL years, 30 is practically being like you're 50.

In the 2013 season, Tuck has been very healthy for the Giants and while his sack numbers weren't where everyone wanted them to be, the veteran defensive end was still having a very good season, especially playing against the run; something the Giants defense as a whole has done a terrific job in defending against and taking away.

But against the Washington Redskins, Tuck didn't look like a 30-year-old whose at the end of his role in the NFL, but instead, the player that busted onto the scene in 2007 and helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII by sacking Robert Griffin III four times and thus, opening the eyes of every single fan out there with a performance that showed all of the once naysayers that Tuck is far from done as a professional. On Tuesday, Tuck told the media in Manhattan that retirement is the furthest thing from his mind and still hopes to be a Giant in 2014.

"Oh, I’m definitely not retiring. I definitely will continue to play," Tuck said yesterday at a Manhattan Subway restaurant, where he made sandwiches for the chain’s customer appreciation month. "My body feels great. I definitely have a huge passion for the game, and we’ll see where everything stacks up at the end of the year."

When asked about playing for the Giants again next season, Tuck said that he's definitely willing to come back to the only place he's ever known as home in the NFL, but understands the business aspect of the league and both the Giants and himself need to make business decisions at the end of the season. But that's not what is on his mind right now; the final four games of the current season is what Tuck is focusing on.

"I’ve definitely given thought to it, but again, my focus is on winning games, and I’d be lying to you if I said I hadn’t thought about it. Obviously I’ve thought about it," Tuck said. "But I already said, I’m not going to talk about it or do any dealings until the season is over with and hopefully that’s after four wins and us getting into the playoffs. So that’s what my focus is. But, yeah, I’ve definitely thought about it and how I want this offseason to go. But the only thing I can control is how I play the game."

In the final year of his current contract, Tuck currently sits at 6.5 sacks on the season and could look to boost those numbers a bit in the Giants final four games; the first of which is on Sunday afternoon against the San Diego Chargers and Tuck will look to chase down Philip Rivers. While the Giants have yet to contact Tuck about a possible extension after the 2013 season, if Tuck ends this season on an extremely high note and strong play, it could  stick enough in the mind of general manager Jerry Reese and have him lock up his defensive end for another season or two; but that discussion is for another day because like Tuck mentioned, the final four games and trying to keep the Giants very slim playoff hopes are all what he is thinking about right now.

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2 Responses to “New York Giants’ Justin Tuck not Thinking About Retirement or Free Agency; Focused on 2013”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    I’ve always loved Justin, but let’s see what he does over the next 3. SD is a good offensive team. Seattle is all that. And Detroit is likely playoff bound. Continue to play the run stoutly and give me 1+ sack a game, plus 2+ pressures, and I’ll say the last 2 years really were all about the injuries.
    That said, at 30 and with his injury history, just how far can the team extend itself?

  2.  Krow says:

    He has no choice but to play out this miserable season and let the chips fall. He’s having a good year, and I’m sure he’ll get a decent offer from the team. But who knows … it’s his last contract of any worth. Someone might put a deal on the table he can’t refuse.

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