The New York Giants are clinging to slim playoff hopes as the regular season comes to an end this weekend. New York has uncharacteristically struggled down the stretch this season and has watched as their early season NFC East division lead has disappeared. New York has lost three of their last four and five of their last seven games to reach an 8-7 record. Whatever happens this season however, will likely bring changes to the Giants with DE Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck as a high probability not to return in 2013.
Umenyiora has a voidable year left on his contract and believes that Sunday might be his last game as a member of the New York Giants. He told reporters this week, “It’s a high probability that I’m playing somewhere else and I think everybody knows that. Let’s not kid ourselves.”
Umenyiora, 31, has played his entire career with the New York Giants, recording 113 sacks and 32 forced fumbles. He, along with the Giants defense, has struggled at times this season but he should have no trouble drawing interest around the league in free agency with many teams looking to upgrade their pass rush.
The Giants defensive line could look much different in 2013 as it’s quite possible that New York will part ways with another member of the once formidable line, DE Justin Tuck. Greg Rosenthal of NFL.com suggests that Tuck and his salary will be cut from the Giants roster after this season. Tuck will turn 30 prior to the start of the 2013 season but his production has fallen off in the past two seasons.
Tuck posted 11.5 sacks in the 2010 season and 39.5 sacks along with 16 forced fumbles between 2007-2010. Tuck has just eight sacks in the last two seasons with only one forced fumble, three of those sacks coming this season.