After the debacle that was the Rodger Saffold situation, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has come back a day later and locked up former New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck on a two year deal. Building the defensive line is of paramount importance to the Raiders and this is a great start.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the deal is worth 11 million dollars over two years. The team has confirmed the signing, but not the terms. That is a terrific free agency deal for the Raiders, who get the 30 year old Tuck on a short deal with massive production upside. The length of the deal should extend through Tuck's prime.
Tuck finished last season with 11 sacks, which would have been the most an Oakland player has had since Derrick Burgess in 2006. In the previous two seasons, Tuck had nine total sacks. He also brings leadership and championship pedigree from his two Super Bowl victories with New York. Tuck played the last six games of 2013 like an elite pass rusher. He amassed 9.5 sacks in those six games, including a four sack performance against the Washington Redskins.
Tuck is the first piece of the defensive line puzzle for McKenzie and the Raiders. They have had meetings with pass rushing linebacker LaMarr Woodley and former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher today and yesterday. Even one of those two piece will go a long way in solidifying an important position.Tags: Football, free agency, Jason Hatcher, Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, New York Giants, NFL, Oakland, Oakland Raiders, Reggie McKenzie, Super Bowl