Top 5 Replacements for Justin Tuck

With veteran defensive lineman Justin Tuck set to test the free agent waters, The Giants Beat takes a look at the top five replacements Big Blue could turn to either on the open market or via May's draft.

Two-time Super Bowl champ and pro bowl selection Justin Tuck is set to enter the free agent market this upcoming month. The nine-year veteran recorded a team high 11 sacks last season; his first double digit sack year since 2010. With newest RocNation addition Hakeem Nicks also heading into free agency, the Giants will have a couple of gaps to fill before the offseason is over. As for the replacement of Tuck, here are some top-notch linemen that might fit the bill.

Lamarr Houston- Oakland Raiders

With their star lineman's rookie contract soon to expire, the Raiders seem hesitant to release Houston, but have been unable to come to an agreement regarding a contract extension. Weighing in at an even 300 pounds, Houston has consistently shown surprising ability to get to the quarterback and would be a great addition to the Giants defensive line.

Jared Allen- Minnesota Vikings

Dubbed as "the year's most overrated free agent," by former NFL scout Louis Riddick, Allen is not expected to re-sign with the Vikings and will become a free agent when his contract expires in February. Coming off six seasons without missing a single game, Allen has racked up nearly 130 sacks in the last decade. However, turning 32 in April, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Allen slow down this upcoming season.

Greg Hardy- Carolina Panthers

Reportedly seeking a better deal than the $78 million dollar contract given to LE Charles Johnson in 2011, Greg Hardy has yet to begin negotiating with the Panthers. With 15 sacks last year and at only 25 years of age, the man nicknamed "The Kraken" could be a potential long-term solution for the Giants.

Michael Sam- Draft Prospect

After a somewhat disappointing performance at this years draft combine, Michael Sam did visit with Giants' GM Jerry Reese. Reese stated that he cared little about Sam's personal lifestyle and only wanted to talk about his abilities as a football player. However, Sam wasn't doing his draft stock any good with poor results tying for 39th in vertical jump and the second to worst bench press at 17 reps. I guess I would be rattled too after witnessing Jadeveon Clowney's 40 yard dash.

Scott Crichton- Draft Prospect

Projected as a second round draft pick, the junior out of Oregon State performed especially well in the combine's 40-yard dash and 3-cone drill. With great speed off the snap, Crichton would be a good pickup if the Giants could get him in a later round.

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