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Oakland Raiders, Justin Tuck Agree to 2-Year Deal
- Updated: March 13, 2014
The Oakland Raiders found their replacement for Lamarr Houston.
The team reached a two-year deal with former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. The deal is worth $11 million.
After giving the Giants a chance to improve their offer, DE Justin Tuck is accepting a two-year, $11 million deal with the Oakland Raiders.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2014
The 10-year veteran out of Notre Dame had a very successful career with the Giants. He was a vital cog on defense in both of the Giants Super Bowl runs, and recorded 11 sacks in 2013.
Tuck apparently wanted to stay in New York, but after the Giants refused to up their offer, signed with the Raiders. Tuck is exactly what the Raiders needed on defense. Oakland’s defensive unit is filled with young talent, but there isn’t a real leader or voice of the group. At his age and with his experience, Tuck could become the veteran player in the locker room the younger guys look up to. The Raiders haven’t had much success in the win column in recent years, but Tuck has always been a winning player and general manager Reggie McKenzie is hoping that attitude can rub off on his younger players.
Tuck recorded 9.5 of his 11 sacks last year in the final 6 games of the season. If he can play like that in 2014, the Raiders just got a steal.