One piece of news at the NFL Combine this morning as New York Giants’ general manager Jerry Reese says he expects defensive end Justin Tuck to hit the free agent market.
Tuck and the team had been expected to meet here in Indianapolis in an attempt to maybe work something out.
Instead, Tuck will join a free agent market that will also include Seattle’s Michael Bennett — Seattle GM John Schneider said here on Thursday the team will not use its franchise tag, meaning Bennett will become a free agent in March. Here’s a Giants’ eye view of how the DE market could shake out now that Tuck will join the fray.
This could impact the Seahawks in a couple of ways: 1, by putting another DE on the market, it might make it a little easier to retain Bennett (maybe a stretch on that, but just throwing it out there); 2, it could give them a cheaper option to replace either Bennett or Chris Clemons, who many also figure the Seahawks will likely release.
Tuck, though, will be 31 when next season begins so it’ll be interesting to see the type and length of offers he receives.