Coughlin: Tuck 'has plenty of football left'

Coughlin: Tuck 'has plenty of football left'
March 26, 2014, 8:00 am
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Justin Tuck recorded 11 sacks and an interception last season. (USATSI)

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- When Justin Tuck signed with the Raiders, the New York Giants lost their defensive captain. Disparate contract terms put Tuck in Silver and Black, which was a surprise to most.

While Tuck voiced displeasure with the Giants’ offer, there was no awkward divorce with teammates or the coaching staff. They didn't do any hard bargaining. 

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin saluted Tuck during a Wednesday media session at the NFL owner’s meetings.

“The Raiders are getting an outstanding football player and a leader,” Coughlin said. “Justin knows how to deal with young players. He can offer a different perspective on how to be a professional and how to be a quality lineman.”

Coughlin expects Tuck to grow as a leader on a new team with youth in the Raiders’ locker room.

“Whatever maturity level Justin was at will take a leap because of what has just transpired,” Coughlin said. “He’s going to the West Coast, from NFC to AFC. Raiders fans will get to watch and outstanding player who has plenty of football left.”

Tuck had 11 sacks in 2013 after two down seasons and talk that he was on the decline. The Raiders agree with Coughlin that the 30-year old has value remaining.

“He brings a lot to the locker room,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “We believe he’ll bring a lot to our defense too.”