Season finale might be Tuck’s last as a Giant
Justin Tuck is well aware that Sunday’s game against the
Washington Redskins might be his last as a New York Giant.
Tuck is schedule to become an unrestricted free agent after this
season and it remains to be seen how much money the Giants are
willing to pay a player who will turn 31 in March.
There is no doubt that Tuck has put up the right numbers in the
final year of his contract. He has a team-high nine sacks and has
played well against the run, according to defensive coordinator
Off the field, Tuck is one of those players that coach Tom
Coughlin can count on for leadership. The problem is that the
10-year veteran has battled injuries in previous seasons, so
signing him might be a risk.
”It’s not scary,” Tuck said Thursday about his uncertain
future. ”It’s interesting. The thing about it is I’m all about
finishing. We have a game to play and that’s the focus. After that,
we’ll handle that.”
Tuck would like to continue his career with the team that
drafted him in the third round in 2005, the same franchise he
helped win two Super Bowls.
”I think I did my part,” the defensive co-captain said.
”Yeah, I would love to be back. That’s how it is. That said, we’ll
go down that avenue when we go down that avenue.”
While Tuck has had an excellent season, the Giants (6-9) have
not, missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. They
lost their opening six and briefly got back into playoff contention
before losses to Dallas and San Diego in a three-game span
Fewell said Tuck worked hard in the offseason to get himself
ready for this year. It allowed him to play better against the run
and approach the game with more edge and purpose.
Age should not be an issue, Fewell said.
”I know that in his heart, he loves to play the game, so when
you play from your heart, you’re able to do some things that you
normally wouldn’t be able to do,” Fewell said. ”I think he can
turn still play the run game very good for several more years and
then just depending upon how healthy he stays, he’ll be effective
in the pass game. If you couple that with a healthy JPP, then maybe
he doesn’t draw as much attention and he steals a couple more
Safety Antrel Rolle, who has been the Giants’ top player on
defense, said Tuck is having a Pro Bowl season.
”Hopefully, I can ride with that guy a couple of more years,”
Rolle said. ”He is a phenomenal guy. He’s a phenomenal talent, an
outstanding teammate. I don’t want to think about that day (when
Tuck leaves). I would definitely miss him.
”We still have one more game to play. Whatever ownership wants
to do, they will do. We’re professional and we’ll accept it.
Hopefully, we can make another run at this next year. That’s the
The Giants will have more than 20 free agents, including middle
linebacker Jon Beason, defensive tackle Linval Joseph, receiver
Hakeem Nicks, halfback Andre Brown and guard-center Kevin
NOTES: CB Terrell Thomas, who overcame his third ACL injury to
play this season, has been named the winner of the 13th annual
George Young Good Guy Award, as voted on by the Giants’ chapter of
the Professional Football Writers of America. … WR Rueben Randle
was limited at practice because of a swollen knee. He expects to
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