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Justin Tuck “Thinks” He Would Like to Be Back with New York Giants in 2014

February 3rd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Doug Rush

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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22 Responses to “Justin Tuck “Thinks” He Would Like to Be Back with New York Giants in 2014”

  1.  Nosh.0 says:

    I’ve been hard on Russel Wilson leading up to this game, even saying that if he were to win a Super Bowl it would make the Lombardi trophy look like a teen choice award. However I have to give credit where it’s due. Wilson played great last night, doing exactly what he needed to do, which was keep the chains moving. And while his NFC title game wasn’t great, I thought that TD throw he made late was clutch in an Eli sort of “I’ve sucked for 3 quarters, but I need to make a play right now” sort of way.

    As for Denver, I just think yesterday was one of those perfect storm games where everything goes against you from the first whistle. The Giants are usually good for one of those games each season, even when they’re good. Think 2007 Vikings game, and 2008 Cleveland game. Not to take anything away from the Seahawks, they won that game. But I don’t think 43-8 was a good representation of how good these 2 teams are.

    And how about the luck of the NFL. We’re having one of the worst winters in recent memory here in N.J. and the NFL gets a spring day. By the way it’s currently snowing right now. We’re looking at 6-8 inches when it finally stops around 6 p.m. Pretty sure Roger Goodell sold his soul to the devil.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think what your overlooking is how young Seattle is and maybe this was the game they finally put everything together. Seattle has a ton of pressure having home field in getting to the SB. It quite possible they played tight but were good enough to survive. The SB is the first game they played without pressure in a while. It reminds so much of how a young cowboy team won their first SB in the 90s when common wisdom said it was a year too early. If recall correctly that team was only 11-5. This is a young 16-3 team that’s getting better.

      I just think Denver played no one in the playoffs. The SD team and Pats team were just not that good. Denver was masking issues but their competition in the AFC didn’t expose them. Plus Seattle with their pass rush and coverage ability was a bad match up. Denver would have been better off facing that SF secondary.

  2.  Krow says:

    It’s going to be at least a couple years before we can challenge the top NFC teams. Oh sure, the NFC East is winnable. But that’s a “tallest midget” competition. So all our signings have to be viewed through that 2 year prism. The question to answer when signing Justin Tuck isn’t how he played this year … or even how he’s going to play next year. Will he be contributing at a high level in (say) 2016 when the team might be ready to make a serious run.

  3.  Eric S says:

    Seattle, unlike SF cashed in while their QB is playing for peanuts. Harvins cap hit jumps from $4.9 to $13.4 next season. Sherman is entering the final year of his rookie deal. He only made $600,000 last year. $1.4 this upcoming year. He’s going to be the highest paid corner. Wilson has 2 years left in his deal which pays him nothing. Their window for maintaining quality depth is quickly going to close. That’s when you’ll see how good their front office, coaching staff and QB really are.

    •  Eric S says:

      Eael Thomas is another core player entering the final year of his rookie deal that sees his cap hit jump from $2.8 to $5.4. He’ll easily command top five safety money. Guys got their ring now they gots to get paid.

    •  Krow says:

      Every team that wins the Superbowl thinks there’s no reason they can’t win it again. However as you just pointed out the NFL is geared to pull them back to the pack. Seattle and SF may have another year in them. But that’s about all. Throw in an injury or two … a bit of bad luck … and who knows. Think of our SB teams … and how it worked out for them.

      •  rlhjr says:

        That’s the name of the game. But by far, the ability to draft well after the third round and your defensive answer to the advantage offenses are given in the NFL determine what your length of dominance will be.

        There are plenty of players who THINK they are the end all be all. But finding the truth is what every GM/Head Coach and talent evaluator should keep in mind. Your window for finding replacement depth is three years.
        Your exceptional players should never be allowed to hit the market.

        The exception are the one who THINK that are all that. Or are chronically injured and can no longer be depended upon to produce with consistency.
        The fact that this with few exceptions is a young man’s game is an understatement of gigantic proportions. Good organizations understand this.

        •  Krow says:

          This past year Seattle signed Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril as free agents. They also traded for Percy Harvn. Both Bennett and Avril were considered in the very top of the free agent class. One service had them #3 and #4 overall. And everyone knew what Harvin brought to the party. There’s was no brilliance here. No cleverness. They just had the cap space. Eventually they won’t, and that will be that.

          •  rlhjr says:

            Yes, but players like the super bowl MVP are what made/makes this squad.
            Plain and simple either by luck or excellent design, they draft well.
            End of story.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            Disagree. Harvin didn’t do anything this year, let’s be clear. He helped yesterday but they the SB without him. Actually I think that was a very bad trade for them giving up 3 draft picks and cap space and they still won the SB. The reason they signed both DEs is because Clemons was hurt and they didn’t sign either to crazy money.

            The reason Seattle is in this position is the way they drafted from the mid to late rounds and their undrafted free agents. It will be hard to keep everyone together but I wouldn’t doubt that they can replace quality players. They basically won the SB without Harvin, Robinson and Browner. Plus they played half the year without their franchise LT.

            •  Krow says:

              No reason they can’t win every year. Pointless to even play the game any more. Can’t really refute your argument … except by looking at the results of past Superbowls. Outside of that … … … I’ve got nothing. But I do agree that they’ll be tough as nails next year. I’m not buying into your eternal dynasty quite yet though.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    There will be no dynasties in today’s NFL. Wax all you want about the youth and potential of Seattle and how their quarterback is on a rookie deal, but that all ends after next season. And their success with later round draft picks? Largely the luck of the draw. Once you get into the fifth round no one knows how a player will turn out. No one.

    Meanwhile, all of Eli’s critics, including many around here, should think about how one of the GOATs (his brother) looked when he had little protection, his receivers decided to make business decisions after being hit hard a few times by the Seahawks’ secondary, he had no running game, and the game plan played right into the strengths of the defense. The level of ignorance about the game on the part of most fans astonishes me, but then I expect most people to be intelligent and that’s a mistake.

    I took a few things from that game:

    1) Peyton may not be through, but he can’t throw the long ball, so a strong defense will beat him if they realize that and don’t play deep (most of the defenses in the NFL aren’t all that strong, so he can still be an effective quarterback, but right now I’ll take Eli over him);

    2) Perry Fewell, and Tom Coughlin, should be taken to the woodshed if they continue to play bend-don’t-break after seeing what a real defense looks like. We have the secondary to do to offenses exactly what Seattle did. I’ll take Rolle and Hill and expect them to do just as well as Thomas and Chancellor (whom I begged the Giants to draft when he came out, knowing he’d become exactly what he has proved to be), and Prince could be a very aggressive corner (as he has proved coming up against the run). We can draft another. But we probably won’t change, and that is one of the reasons I do not want to hear about an extension for Coughlin; and

    3) Bruno Mars is a combo of James Brown and Michael Jackson, is headed toward superstardom, and was the highlight of the game unless you’re a Seattle fan or like largely dumb commercials.

    •  Krow says:

      Fewell’s bend-over defense is the perfect patsy for uptempo, spread offenses. I said this earlier, but our defensive scheme is virtually the opposite of Seattle’s. If we come out next year with the same philosophy then I fear we can expect the same results.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I don’t think you can consider Seattle’s success luck with late to mid round picks. It’s not just one guy it’s been many guys. I think what some have missed with Carroll is much like Jimmy Johnson did with those cowboy teams he seems to bring more knowledge about college players than most NFL team have. He picked Thomas above his own USC highly rated safety. He has a guy like Maxwell who just steps in and looks like a probowl player when he was their 4th CB. Look at Steve Smith’s brother, they wanted him all along but the played the draft right and got him in the 7th round. I think you’re greatly underrated their talent evaluation.

      I also think your criticism of our defensive schemes in comparison to Seattle’s is just wrong. I saw Seattle bring very few blitzes and play mostly play zone. They just got consistent pressure with 4. When you get pressure with 4 like we did in 2011 you can stop any QB. Seattle’s back 7 is great but that game was won by the front 4.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        You are so wrong it isn’t worth arguing the point.

        But for starters, if you think their zone defense was the same as ours you are totally nuts. And if you really think it was their front four that won that game then you must be smoking something.

  5.  Krow says:

    It seems like the Peyton Manning experiment is over. He’s a legend and a 1st ballot HOFer. But Denver isn’t winning a Superbowl next year … or the year after either. They might very well play in another one … but I can’t see them beating whoever the NFC puts on the field. Time to hang it up and head for the broadcast booth … where he’ll be excellent. Make it a medical decision … whatever … but it’s time.

    •  jfunk says:

      I wonder what would have happened if he went to SF.

      I also wonder how much of Seattle’s miraculous depth is due to their first-class dietary supplement program.

  6.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Anyone else felt like they were watching the Giants last night?

    I was fortunate on friday night to attend the NY Giants Super Bowl party at Bounce 21 in NYC. All the players were their. Got talking to some older players like Rodney Hampton and George Martin which was pretty cool.

    Our defense ( Rolle, TT, Stevie Brown, Rivers, Beason, Shaun Rodgers, Jenkins) were all sitting at a table popping bottles, having a good time, While JPP sat at a table away from them close to the DJ booth. Pretty strange that he wasn’t seated with the other defensive guys.

    a few other players from other teams were there, some eagle players, some skin’s, ‘boys, Tate from teh Seahawks was there (rocking google glasses) and other players from other teams as well. Too many to name.

    here’s the bad news….. And prepare yourselves for this. Seems like we might have a serious problem on our hand with Justin Pugh. The kid’s jaw was moving from side to side faster than if Mayweather was using it as a speedbag. He was constantly making trips to the bathroom and drinking like a whale. In fact, i asked someone who sees him out frequently and they said that he is building quite a reputation around the sports world as a partier and is always doing cocaine whenever he’s out.

    Hey, at least it’s in the offseason. But you have heard it here first. So if there’s a violation of drug poilcy in the future, don’t be shocked. He needs to get act together. It was VERY noticeable and he looked like a fool.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Got two words for you BBG, “Lawrence” “Taylor”. And he did it during the season. Of course, Pugh is just a mere mortal. Whereas we’re all still trying to figure Taylor out.

      Let us know when Pugh comes to an offensive meeting with hand cuffs on and no key to speak of……………….LOL.

      Seriously, I hear you man, the dude needs to tighten up if that’s his act.
      Pretty sure this has not reached Reese, Coughlin or old man Mara yet.
      But it will and Pugh ought to have enough smarts to realize that.

      •  BleedingBlueSince04 says:

        We should all write “don’t ruin your career, stop doing cocaine” on Pugh’s twitter page .

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