Posted Thu Feb 7th by Monty
Eleven months ago, Justin Tuck was picturing himself in an orange and blue jersey.
In March of last year, the Giants were prepared to trade Tuck (along with a 4th round pick) to the Broncos in return for Al Wilson. The now-infamous trade was ultimately negated after Wilson failed his physical.
I still remember at the time being livid about the whole thing. I was insistent that the compensation did not match what we were trading in Wilson. Looking back, I’m forced to eat some humble pie.
Tuck had a phenomenal year, particularly in the playoffs. He was unstoppable in the Super Bowl, tallying two sacks and a clutch forced fumble, leading many to believe (including myself) that he was the true Super Bowl MVP.
The Giants recently rewarded Tuck’s work with a megabuck contract extension, and deservedly so.
The offseason is the perfect time for If Only’s, and the thought of Tuck on the Broncos defensive line last year and beyond is a nice little fantasy. If anything, it reaffirms my belief that Mike Shanahan has this whole personnel issue under control, and has an eye for talent that far outshines my own.