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Reports have Giants' free agent Justin Tuck meeting with Oakland Raiders

New York Giants' defensive end Justin Tuck (91) is scheduled to visit with the Oakland Raiders in free agency. Tuck, seen here against the Raiders in October, just finished his ninth NFL season, all with the Giants.
New York Giants' defensive end Justin Tuck (91) is scheduled to visit with the Oakland Raiders in free agency. Tuck, seen here against the Raiders in October, just finished his ninth NFL season, all with the Giants.
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ESPN Football Insider Adam Shefter reported on his Twitter account that former New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck will be visiting with the Oakland Raiders today. Tuck is one of the fourteen remaining free agents from the 2013 Giants' roster.

Schefter tweeted, "Giants DE Justin Tuck and Former Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley both are visiting the Oakland Raiders today, per sources."

Tuck just finished his ninth season with the G-men. After fighting injuries in 2011 and 2012, the veteran from Notre Dame has a bounce-back season. Tuck had 11 quarterback sacks and 63 total tackles in 2013; his best statistics since 2010. He also had a key interception against the Detroit Lions late in the season, in a game where the Giants knocked the Lions out of the playoffs.

It remains hard to imagine that signing with the talent deficient Raiders would be a step forward in Tuck's football or endorsement careers. But recent salary cap casualties, DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers, have most likely reduced the number of suitors after Tuck's services, as well as the fact that the veteran lineman turns 31 at the end of March.

According to the website, OverTheCap.com, the Raiders have almost $59 million in available salary cap space in order to sign free agents, and teams must spend up 89 percent of the newly adjusted salary cap ($133 million) in player salaries for the 2014 season, meaning that the Raiders will be mandated to add at least $50 million in salaries before this season begins.