With the 2013 season now officially over with Super Bowl XLVIII concluding in MetLife Stadium on Sunday night, the re-set button can be officially hit and all of the teams are now back to 0-0 and the preparation for 2014 can really begin.
The New York Giants have already gotten a bit of a jump on the season given that they finished 7-9 and are looking to re-sign some of their own players before they hit free agency on March 11 and general manager Jerry Reese is looking to lock up some of his own guys before that date; one of which could be veteran defensive end Justin Tuck, who is one of the top free agents the Giants have this offseason.
Last week, Tuck said he was likely going to test the free agent market and see what was out there, especially since he's one of several free agent defensive lineman who could draw some major interest, but now, after it was brought to light that his former teammate and current Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora had said that the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence and should stay with the team, Tuck's attitude towards free agency may have altered as he's now thinking that he may be back with the team in 2014.
“I honestly think the Giants are going to do everything in their power to make it work,” Tuck said recently. “They want me to be back. I think I want to be back. I’ve only been here, with one team. The Giants are a great organization, but everyone understands it’s a business. We’ll do our due diligence — on both sides — and see what happens.”
Later in the season, Jason Pierre-Paul missed quite a bit of time with a shoulder injury he suffered during their game against the Oakland Raiders, so it was up to Tuck to step his game up and play the part of the "C" that he wore on his chest every game; his resurgence really got going when he sacked Robert Griffin III four times in the Giants 24-17 win over the Washington Redskins back in Week 13 and ended up finishing the season with 11 sacks, the first time he accomplished double-digit sack totals since 2010.
From the sound of Tuck's comments, he would like to come back to the Giants, so long as they want him back, and given the fact that he stepped up when they needed him to, he impressed a lot of people and showed that when healthy, he can still dominate on the line. With that said, the Giants also have a lot of holes to fill, so if they are going to re-sign Tuck, they will want to do so at their price.
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