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Justin Tuck May Be Willing to Give New York Giants a Hometown Discount to Remain with Team

December 31st, 2013 at 12:00 PM
By Doug Rush

One of the key free agents the New York Giants will have to make a decision on for next season will be long-time captain and veteran defensive end Justin Tuck.

Tuck just completed a five-year, $32 million deal that he signed in 2008, and despite dealing with injuries over the last couple of seasons, Tuck really rewarded the Giants with superior play in 2013 and really stepped up on defense once Jason Pierre-Paul went down for the remainder of the season with an injury.

His breakout performance this season came against the Washington Redskins earlier in the month; a game where Tuck had four sacks of Robert Griffin III in a 24-17 victory — a game in which Tuck reminded people of the guy that played back in 2007 and was striking fear into the hearts of all opposing quarterbacks and offensive lineman.

For the 2013 season, Tuck finished with 11 sacks to go along with 63 tackles and an interception and could have made a case to be on the 2014 Pro Bowl roster for the NFC. In the month of December, 8.5 of Tuck's 11 sacks in 2013 occurred in the final month and he finished the season with two more sacks against Redskins backup Kirk Cousins in a 20-6 victory this past Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

On Monday, Tuck was asked about his future with the Giants and said if it meant taking less money to play for the only team he's ever known and called home, then it was up for the idea.

“It’s a possibility,” Tuck told The Star-Ledger. “Obviously, everyone knows the value of playing in New York City and being apart of the New York City. I don’t see why that wouldn’t be something to consider. It’s hard to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ right now but I think everybody knows I would love to finish my career as a Giant. If it comes down to that, we’ll see what happens.”

The 30-year-old Tuck has won two Super Bowls during his time with the Giants and has 61 career sacks since being drafted out of Notre Dame back in 2005 and did engage with Giants general manager Jerry Reese about a potential contract extension for this coming offseason.

He also added, as did many others, that he'd like to retire with Big Blue.

"I think I would love to retire as a Giant. Everyone knows how great this place is and how great it is to play for this organization, these fans, this city, this region," he said.

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