After this years disappointing performance the New York Giants are going to need to make some wholesale changes, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Many complain about the secondary but one of the main problems is that their defensive line has gotten old and bad, very fast and that’s the strength of the defense. Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com suggests that the team could even let fan favorite Justin Tuck go this off season.
Umenyiora is right that “wholesale changes” probably are coming. Umenyiora and Tuck top the list of potential big names that could be let go.(Gregg Rosenthal – NFL.com)
While I’d hate to see this happen, the NFL is a business. A business of winning and the current group of players just isn’t getting it done.
I’ve been a favorite of Tuck since his rise to fame during the 2007-08 season. In all honesty though he’s disappeared over the past two seasons.
Over the past two years he’s had a total of eight sacks over 26 games. He’s also missed six games over those two seasons. So some of his production can be attributed to health but is it possible that he’s gotten older, lost a step and offenses have figured out how to handle him?
For Perry Fewell’s defense to be successful that unit has to pressure the quarterback and it’s something they just don’t do consistently anymore. Will letting Tuck go help them do that? Possibly, Possibly not.
What it will do is save the Giants some money as Tuck is due $4.5 million in 2013. Maybe they can bring him back at a cheaper rate and get some additional help. At this point though Tuck isn’t worth that high of a salary as he’s performed at a reserve level.
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