Oakland Raiders sign Justin Tuck and Lamarr Woodley
NY Daily News – The longtime leader of the Giants defense is a Giant no more. Because they didn’t want him.
The Giants made a flurry of signings on the first two days of free agency, but on Thursday they chose to dispassionately watch as Justin Tuck headed for the Oakland Raiders.
The veteran defensive end always said he didn’t want to leave the Giants, and he gave the only NFL team he’s ever known one final chance to match what the Raiders were offering on Thursday afternoon.
The Giants declined. So Tuck agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Raiders, ending a nine-year run with the team he helped win two Super Bowls.
“Obviously, everybody knows I love the New York Giants, and I appreciate nine years of my career being there,” he said. “But I just wanted a new, fresh start, and I think Oakland is definitely a good place to be.”
CBS Sports – Signing Justin Tuck Thursday afternoon didn’t preclude the Raiders from adding another pass rusher. The team agreed to terms with former Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s a two-year deal with a maximum value of $12 million.
Woodley was originally a 2007 second-round pick out of Michigan. From 2008-2010, he started 47 out of a possible 48 games and logged 35 sacks. That earned him a six-year, $61.5 million extension.
But since 2011, Woodley has started 33 of 48 games and managed just 18 sacks. The Steelers released him earlier this week, after using the transition tag on linebacker Jason Worilds, whom they will try to sign to a long-term extension this offseason.
When healthy, Woodley is a force. Despite missing five games in 2013, he ranked as the 10th-best 3-4 outside linebacker (two spots ahead of Worilds, incidentally), according toProFootballFocus.com. The issues, of course, is staying healthy.
Richard Seymour, Jerry Rice, Romo, the list of guys of past their prime players goes on that end up in Oakland. I can understand signing veterans to deals but that’s if they’re in condition to contend in the playoffs but ever since the death blow of the tuck rule game, this franchise, the city and their fans have been in a death spiral. Hell, I’m sure it’s a contributing factor in the death of Al Davis.
Oakland is a great destination for these old guys because nothing is expected of the team, training camp takes place in wine country, and they grossly over pay for their experience. Why not go there, take plays off and not worry about consequences? Former Pats, Giants, Steeler players know what’s up. They know they won’t have a rabid fan base calling into KNBR to rip them a new one for another demoralizing loss. Hell the best Raider player of this century has been Sebastian Janikowski and he’s only been arrested and out of shape for his entire career. He knows a good thing when he sees it and he’s taking it to the bank.
So keep doing you Raiders. I only pray that you somehow get Johnny Football and start to fail miserably on a national level.