Former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck told the New York Daily News that he’s “upset with how things ended with the only team he ever played for prior to signing with the Raiders and that he felt like their offer “was pretty much disrespectful to be honest with you” since it was half of what the Raiders offered him (2 years, $11 million).
Tuck says he would have signed for less money in order to finish his career in New York.
“They wouldn’t have had to match it,” Tuck said. “You know, at the beginning of free agency I’m going in thinking I’m not looking for a lot. I understand the Giants have a lot of holes to fill. If they were trying to sign me before free agency hit, or at least were trying to communicate with us, then I probably would’ve took somewhere around a two-year deal, $8 million, somewhere around there.
“But it wasn’t even like that. It was like they weren’t even trying to get me back. That made my mind up for me.”
Tuck indicated that he wished the Giants would have told him from the beginning that they weren’t interested in re-signing him.
“Exactly,” Tuck said. “That’s the disrespect part. I don’t want people to think I’m bad-mouthing the Giants. I’m not. I understand the business and I have so much gratitude for them giving me the opportunity to have my presence felt in New York and be the man I’ve become.
“I’m just frustrated with how it ended. I’m upset about it. But I’ll move on and hopefully one day time will heal all wounds. Right now, I just don’t understand a lot that’s gone on and how they strung us along.”
Tuck claims he doesn’t have any hard feelings towards the Giants.
“Like I said, I’m not bitter,” he said. “I still love that organization and have a lot of respect for the people that work there. I still consider myself lucky that I’ve been able to be here for nine years.”
Tuck says he’s going to have a great season in 2014.
“I plan on having a pretty damn awesome year next year to be honest with you,” he said. “I appreciate the Giants for giving me a lot more motivation for next season.”