According to NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan, the New York Giants made a contract offer to longtime defensive end Justin Tuck prior to the beginning of the “legal tampering” period which was set to start at 12 p.m. Saturday. Raanan says that the offer was made at “some point” this week, but no one knows for sure when exactly.
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General manager Jerry Reese granted Tuck his opportunity to test the free-agent market and see what’s out there for him. However, the Giants didn’t do so without letting the veteran pass rusher know they still wanted him on their roster.
Tuck led the team with 11 sacks this past season and added two forced fumbles and an interception.
Despite being 31 years old, Tuck is among the league’s best defensive ends on the market. He’ll look to be treated as such, too. His agent, Doug Hendrickson, made it clear they felt strongly about his potential as a free agent.
“Justin is by far the most complete d-end in the class,” Hendrickson told Raanan. “He obviously had an incredible season last year with every stat he had with the tackles, tackles for loss, the hurries and the sacks. They were up there with the upper-echelon defensive linemen.”