New York Giants have finally let go of the last piece of the historically impressive defensive line that won them the Super Bowl six years ago, with DT Justin Tuck moving to Oakland Raiders, but will another return?
February 2008 saw the Giants take on an undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl and they pulled off a huge shock to win 17-14, which was thanks to an awesome display from their d-line.
Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strachan was instrumental in the victory, alongside Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, as they put endless amounts of pressure on Pats quarterback Tom Brady throughout the game.
Other d-linemen Robbins and Barry Coefield left the team in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Strachan immediately retired from the game after the win, Umenyiora followed him out the door in 2012, and now Tuck has been removed for the Giants roster.
A couple of years of average play by Tuck is one of the reasons for his departure from the Big Apple.
However, he did pick up 9.5 sacks in his remaining six games of the 2013 campaign.
This means the Raiders could get some kind of Indian Summer of a career out of the 31-year-old.
It's understood that the Raiders offer was strong, but Tuck did allow the Giants to counter it only for them to snub him and decline to match the offer.
However, just as Tuck leaves there is a possibility that two-time Super Bowl winner with the Giants, Umenyiora, may return to provide them with pass rusher help.
The two-time Pro Bowler is currently contracted to the Atlanta Falcons but if he comes available the Giants are likely to pounce.
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