Did the New York Giants do the right thing by letting veteran defensive end Justin Tuck leave, replacing him with the much younger -- and cheaper -- Robert Ayers? Time will tell, defined by how Tuck does with the Oakland Raiders and how Ayers, Damontre Moore and Mathias Kiwanuka do in Tuck's sted.
For now, Tuck seems to still be getting used to the idea that he is no longer with the Giants:
"I am still surprised I’m not a New York Giant," Tuck told The Star-Ledger on Monday.
"The only thing weird is when you see Giants fans who have a tendency to tell you how stupid [the team] is," Tuck said. "Those are their words, not mine. But yeah, it was weird. You spend nine years in one place. You have a lot of success there and a lot of great friends. So yeah, it’s going to be weird, but I understand the business side of things and you need to move forward.
"I did everything I was supposed to do, the right way," Tuck said. "It wasn’t meant to be. You don’t hold any grudges, you’re not mad at anyone. Hey, God has put you in a new place. It’s kind of a breath of fresh air to start somewhere new."
Tuck signed a two-year, $10 million contract with Oakland . Ayers, 28, signed for two years and $3.75 million. The Giants were apparently willing to only pay Tuck about half of what the Raiders did.
Are you used to the idea that Tuck won't be a Giants? Do you think they did the right thing by going for a younger, cheaper player?