In my time being a fan, starting in the mid-1990s, Michael Strahan, Tiki Barber and Amani Toomer (though he did sign a deal with the Chiefs but was cut before the season) are the only Giants’ greats I remember that played their entire careers in New York.
Hopefully, we can say that about Eli Manning some day, but next up on that list is Justin Tuck, to build off the last post by John Fennelly.
Tuck is an unrestricted free agent, and there’s no doubt that the Giants would love to have his veteran leadership back. Not to mention he did put together a solid campaign in 2013.
But football is a young man’s game, and with the Giants facing plenty of tough decisions this offseason, it might be best to cut ties with Tuck – as difficult as that sounds.
Based on performance, Tuck could be in the market for a two- to three-year deal. Given his recent injury history with this team, do we want three more years of wondering whether or not he’ll play any given week?
Or would we rather see a youngster like Damontre Moore get the chance to prove what he can do along side a healthy Jason Pierre-Paul?
Tuck will be 31 very soon, so naturally his playing days are numbered. For one year at the right price, I would love to see big No. 91 sacking opposing quarterbacks for the Giants next season.
But it looks like the two-time Super Bowl champion won’t be accepting any hometown discounts. With that in mind, the Giants have plenty of other needs to worry about the sentiment attached to bringing back Tuck.
Linval Joseph is also an unrestricted free agent and would come at a significantly lower price than Tuck. A defensive line featuring a healthy JPP, Moore, Joseph, Cullen Jenkins and then Johnathan Hankins, Markus Kuhn and maybe Mathias Kiwanuka and Mike Patterson for depth would be serviceable.
So do I want Tuck back? Yes.
But do I want Tuck back for three more years at his price? No.
Unfortunately for fans, there is no place for sentiment in the NFL.
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