NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Justin Tuck is reportedly visiting the Oakland Raiders, though that doesn’t mean a return to the New York Giants is out of the question.
The veteran defensive end will meet with the Raiders — as will cornerback Terrell Thomas — on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Giants running back Andre Brown also has a sit-down scheduled in Oakland, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported.
Tuck, who has two Super Bowl rings in a nine-year career with the Giants, officially hit the open market at 4 p.m. Tuesday. He had 11 sacks in 2013, just one shy of his all-time high.
“Obviously it’s a business. We understand that,” Tuck told WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton in December. “But I’ve been here nine years, I’ve been very successful, I’m fully ingrained in this community. Yes, I would love to be a New York Giant. But we’re gonna sit down and talk about it at the end of the year, and approach it just like the Giants will — as a business.”
Tuck, who turns 31 on March 29, has said he’s contemplated retirement before, but shut down any talk of hanging ’em up before last season even started.
“I’m in no way, shape, form or fashion, even close to retirement,” he told the Bergen Record in August.
He’s not a goner just yet. Tuck’s early experience in free agency “is causing him to lean toward remaining with the Giants,” according to Pro Football Talk.
Thomas, who has had three reconstructive ACL surgeries on his right knee, played in all 16 games for the Giants last season.
Brown rushed for 492 yards and three touchdowns.
The Giants had a busy Tuesday, reaching deals with some new faces: guard Geoff Schwartz, running back Rashad Jennings and linebacker O’Brien Schofield. New York also re-signed kicker Josh Brown, cornerback Trumaine McBride, safety Stevie Brown and running back Peyton Hillis, The Associated Press reported.
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