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If the New York Giants were hoping to sign free-agent defensive end Justin Tuck to a team-friendly deal before the market opens in March, it does not sound as if they will get their wish.
"I will see what the market is for me," Tuck told the New York Post on Thursday. "I've never been in this situation before, and it's a great opportunity for myself. I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn't see what the market is, and I will."
|Defensive end Justin Tuck, who has spent his nine-year career with the Giants, says of free agency, "It's a business, and I understand both sides of it."|
The comments sound quite different from the things Tuck was saying toward the end and at the end of the Giants' 7-9 season, when he repeatedly asserted that he wanted to remain a Giant and that he would meet with GM Jerry Reese immediately after the season to discuss things. It's possible that Tuck didn't get an answer he liked when he went to Reese and that he either is looking at other options or is trying to scare the Giants into upping their offer to keep him off the market.
Tuck had 11 sacks in 2013, but he's 31 years old, and he spent the two years before that struggling with injuries and not being as productive as he used to be. The Giants have decisions to make on a number of free agents, including fellow defensive lineman Linval Joseph and linebacker Jon Beason, and they will need to address a large number of holes on offense this offseason. It's possible they might not have the money Tuck is looking for after addressing other priorities.
"We will sit down in a couple of weeks and see what happens," Tuck told the Post. "But obviously, the Giants are going to do what's best for the Giants, and vice versa with me and my family. I understand where they're coming from and what obstacles they have to overcome this offseason. There's no guarantee, and that's obvious. It's a business, and I understand both sides of it."