A pair of former great New York Giants defensive ends, both of whom might now think they never should have left the Giants, could be on the move before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET NFL trade deadline. Long time NFL reporter Jason Cole says that Justin Tuck of the Oakland Raiders and Osi Umenyiora of the Atlanta Falcons could both find themselves heading to new teams.
Cole said it was "absolute fact" that the 0-7 Raiders are willing to trade Tuck, a 10-year veteran who left the Giants after nine years when they wouldn't match, or come close to matching, the two-year $10 million deal he got from Oakland. Tuck can still play. He has a +10.1 Pro Football Focus grade, second-best on the Raiders defense. The 31-year-old has seen his playing time decreasing, however, as the Raiders begin looking to the future. He played only 14 snaps Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Umenyiora, 32, is seemingly being phased out in Atlanta. He has been used almost exclusively as a pass rusher this season and has one sack (against the Giants). Cole says the 2-6 Falcons will be sellers at the deadline and that the Falcons have been "quietly" shopping Umenyiora and other veteran players.
Neither player is really a fit for the Giants at this point, especially after GM Jerry Reese made it plain on Monday that he wants to see second-year defensive end Damontre Moore get more snaps. It is simply interesting that both former Giants could find themselves on the move at the deadline.