Defensive end Justin Tuck, who earlier this month announced that he was planning to retire from the NFL, today confirmed that he will make his retirement official with one caveat.
The 32-year-old Tuck announced on Big Blue Kickoff Live, a webcast produced by the New York Giants, that he will sign a one-day contract to retire as a member of the franchise that drafted him in the third round of the 2005 draft.
Tuck, who joined the webcast by phone, took questions from the fans.
At the end of his segment when he was asked if there was anything else he wanted to tell Giants fans, the nine-year NFL veteran said, “One question we didn’t get asked that I’ve seen a lot of Giants fans tweet me is ‘Am I going to do a one-day contract with the Giants?’The answer to that is ‘Yes.’”
Tuck and the Giants will have to wait to make the transaction official, however as NFL rules prohibit the signing of other teams’ free agents—Tuck is technically still an unrestricted free agent after completing a two-year stint with the Raiders—until the 2016 free agency period begins on March 9.
Tuck was a key member of both of the Giants’ last two Super Bowl teams. He finished with four sacks in those games, and inherited the defensive leadership role from Michael Strahan, whom Tuck credited with grooming him for success in the NFL.