There has been talk that Tuck’s market is rather limited, however, the Raiders have plenty of cap space to make him a competitive offer and should use some help at defensive end.
Tuck, 30, put together a very solid season, despite the Giants overall struggles this year. Pro Football Focus has Tuck rated as the No. 7 4-3 defensive end and he produced 57 tackles, nine sacks, a forced fumble and an interception this season.
We have Tuck listed as the No. 30 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.
- Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported Monday night that Giants free agent DE Justin Tuck is “facing cold market.“
- Tuck tells Silver that he intends to use this situation as motivation next year.
I’ve mentioned numerous times through the offseason that veteran defensive ends fairly extremely poorly last year and guys over 30 could end up facing a similar in 2014, despite the additional amount of cap space available.
- Ranaan adds that the offer was believed to have been made at some point earlier in week.
This news comes just as NFL teams can begin meeting with prospective free agents, but aren’t able to finalize an agreement.
Last we heard regarding Tuck and the Giants, GM Jerry Reese mentioned that he wasn’t optimistic about re-signing Tuck before the start of free agency, but apparently things have changed.
There’s no guarantee that their offer will be enough to persuade him from testing the open market, but it is at least a positive sign that he could be back next year.