Raiders sign DE Justin Tuck

Raiders sign DE Justin Tuck
March 13, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Defensive end Justin Tuck recorded 60.5 sacks in nine seasons with the New York Giants. (USATSI)

The Raiders signed veteran defensive end Justin Tuck to a two-year contract on Thursday afternoon, the team announced. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the deal as worth a maximum of $11 million.

The Raiders brought Tuck, linebacker Lamarr Woodley and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher to Oakland on Wednesday and hoped to sign them as a package deal. Tuck is the first piece of that larger puzzle.

Tuck has 60.5 sacks in nine seasons with the New York Giants. He is beloved in that market, but the Giants couldn’t match the offer when given the chance.

Tuck brings pedigree to the Raiders' defensive line and leadership to the locker room. He had 11.5 sacks last season, marking his fourth time reaching double-digit sacks.

Tuck is also known as an excellent run defender on the outside edge. Pro Football Focus ranked him as the No. 13 4-3 defensive end in rush defense.