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Justin Tuck not thinking about contract entering final year of deal

Justin Tuck, Ben Roethlisberger AP

New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is set to enter the final year of his contract this fall. He’s only been able to accumulate nine sacks over the last two seasons after posting three 10-plus sack season in the prior four years. Tuck could use a highly productive year this season in order to give him an a chance at a potentially lucrative contract next spring.

However, Tuck says he isn’t focused on his contract situation. According to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com, Tuck isn’t using the prospects of a new contract as motivation for this season.

“I am not going to allow this whole circumstance to put pressure on me to perform,” Tuck said. “I put enough pressure on myself to perform. I am not even thinking about contract-wise. I don’t care if I come out in the first three games [and] I have 10 sacks. … I don’t want to hear about contract at all. That is not my focus.”

Injuries have also hampered Tuck in his effectiveness the last two seasons. He’s missed five games over that span and hasn’t come close to matching the 11.5 sack, six forced fumble output from 2010. Tuck said he’s cutting down on his offseason commitments in hopes of being fully ready for the start of the season.

“I am worried about getting this football team to another Super Bowl and winning it,” he added. “If that happens, then all the rest will take care of itself.”

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13 Responses to “Justin Tuck not thinking about contract entering final year of deal”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:24 AM

    He won’t have to worry about it if he doesn’t snap out of this two-year long funk (or early, rapid decline?) that he’s been in. One of the glaring reasons we stunk last year, but he gets a pass with most of us.

  2. cwill99 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:27 AM

    Yeah he needs a strong season to stay with the Giants. He hasn’t been motivated along w/ the injuries. He had a good postseason that last SB run a couple years back but that was after a subpar regular season and after Coughlin had a talk with him. Last year he was not motivated at all and looked terrible getting no pressure. Jerry Reese had a talk with him. If he plays like that again, he will join Osi has ex-Giants DEs. Hope he gets it turned around!

  3. jerrysglassescleaner says: Jun 25, 2013 3:23 AM

    Flo Adams still thinks you need to learn how to tackle and not fall on your own and get hurt.

  4. eznupe4life says: Jun 25, 2013 4:07 AM

    Good mindset to have going into a contract year; too bad most of his NFL brethren don’t share in the same philosophy.

  5. bluebagz says: Jun 25, 2013 6:40 AM

    Tuck is clearly on the same page as the Giants, because they are not thinking about his contract either !!

  6. leanback360 says: Jun 25, 2013 6:55 AM

    When he’s on form, he’s a beast! However, the beast is getting older

  7. DonRSD says: Jun 25, 2013 8:47 AM

    He played out his contract, which I admire.
    He also needs to perform or he will see the door.

    Like the guy, but he is always hurt/inconsistent.

    Plus we NEED a DE opposite JPP otherwise JPP will face a triple team every game.
    Tuck plays to his potential = pick your poison with who you double team.

    PLUS – why does Perry have Tuck standing up as a LB on 3rd & longs, roaming around in the same gap!!?? Just put your hand in the ground (even as a “DT” on 3rd and long) and rush the damn QB!!!

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  8. jam111632013 says: Jun 25, 2013 9:33 AM

    than training camp comes along and the holdout begins. playes like crap when he dosent get an extension. tham he tests f.a. market and gets paid less somewhere else.

  9. bookofelisha10 says: Jun 25, 2013 11:05 AM

    yeah no sh*t he doesnt want to restructure- bec if his next contract is based of performances of his previous few years he will get the yearly wage of a mcdonalds janitor.

  10. justintuckrule says: Jun 25, 2013 12:25 PM

    I can see him having a big year simply because he’s “due”.

  11. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 25, 2013 2:25 PM

    All you miserable Giants fans need to recognize he’s been dealing with a myriad of debilitating injuries over the last 2 years – not the least of which included serious shoulder and neck conditions.

    How many of you could perform just as well at a job like his – with those injuries?

    I’m not even a G-men fan, but Tuck will blow some people up if he doesn’t get hurt. He’s a real player – and it surprises me to hear so many Giants fans crawling all up his ass — when he’s been playing hurt.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:44 PM

    ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 25, 2013 2:25 PM

    All you miserable Giants fans need to recognize he’s been dealing with a myriad of debilitating injuries over the last 2 years – not the least of which included serious shoulder and neck conditions.
    ————-

    Curious to know why you felt the need to post that, and even more galling, why you think we don’t already know this?

  13. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 25, 2013 3:11 PM

    (1) posted due to the steady stream of messages;
    (2) posted due to the the then-unanimously approved votes discussing his lack of motivation, his “terrible” play, his “funk”, etc.
    (3) reason why it was assumed Tuck’s injuries (and the severity of same) were not duly considered – is because they were rarely if ever mentioned when you people were harshing on his “terrible unmotivated ‘funk’.”

    Interesting what kind of stuff “galls” you too, Wright.

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