Justin Tuck 'surprised' by Giants cuts, understands 'business side'
Justin Tuck said he was 'surprised' by the Giants' recent cuts but understands 'the business side' of football, too.
The Giants surprised quite a few people when they made the move to cut running back Ahmad Bradshaw, defensive tackle Chris Canty and linebacker Michael Boley recently. (Even if the moves themselves weren't surprising, per se, the timing was.)
One of those people was defensive end Justin Tuck, who said Tuesday that while he was surprised by the cuts, he also understood the "business side" of them.
"You're always surprised when you lose some guys who have been very integral in what we've done over the years,'' Tuck told Tom Rock of Newsday. "It is surprising but you also understand the business side of it. At times like this you wish those guys wouldn't have been part of it, but it happened and hopefully -- there are some people who speculate we may have a chance of getting some of them back later on -- but either way you just wish them wherever they end up success and hope that they continue with their great careers."
Football's a rough sport and the business side can be even rougher sometimes.
It's quite possible Bradshaw -- or others -- ends up coming back to the Giants on a cheaper deal. But it's also possible Bradshaw ends up playing elsewhere; he's one of the top available running backs on the market, if not the top one.
Not that Tuck can sit around and worry about everyone else. He's got his own future to worry about. Tuck's a free agent after 2013 and he hasn't exactly been doing himself any favors by totaling nine sacks in 27 games over the past two years.
With Tuck bearing down on the bad side of 30, he could be staring at a situation where he becomes a salary-cap liability for the Giants, who might find themselves unable to re-sign him. At the very least, he told Rock he hasn't heard from the team about a new contract.
"From what I understand [about the business], things are going to happen and when they do you just have to be ready for it or try your best to adjust to it," Tuck said. "I think we all are like that."
Adjusting on the fly -- at least in terms of going year-to-year -- is critical to long-term success for football teams. It's why you see tough cuts like Bradshaw and it's why you might end up seeing the triumvirate of Tuck, Osi Umenyiora (a free agent come March 12) and Jason Pierre-Paul not last all that much longer.
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