Justin Tuck loved the New York Giants. Ever since being drafted by the team in 2005, Tuck has trained and played to his absolute maximum for the Giants in his nine seasons in The Big Apple.
Unfortunately it seems like the organization didn't see this and the veteran has now joined the Oakland Raiders on a nice two year deal after being low balled by the team he loved.
The two time Super Bowl winner was ready to take a pay cut to stay with the Giants as a free agent this week, but was insulted by the offer he was presented with.
From Tuck's interview with the New York Daily News:
“They wouldn't have had to match (Oakland's offer),” Tuck said. “You know, at the beginning of free agency I’m going in thinking I’m not looking for a lot. I understand the Giants have a lot of holes to fill.
If they were trying to sign me before free agency hit, or at least were trying to communicate with us, then I probably would've took somewhere around a two-year deal, $8 million, somewhere around there.
“But it wasn't even like that. It was like they weren't even trying to get me back. That made my mind up for me.”
Tuck recently signed a two-year $11 million deal with the Raiders and said that the Giants offered him less than half that - only $5 million for another two years of service to the team.
Tuck recorded 11 sacks last season and the decision not to offer him an extra 3 million dollars - a poultry amount for a proven pass rusher - is insane and the Giants may well suffer for their "insulting and disrespectful" move.
New York's loss is looking like Oakland's gain, no matter how much Tuck didn't want it to happen.