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Raiders sign free-agent Justin Tuck

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR FEDEX - New York Giants' defensive end Justin Tuck poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy delivered by FedEx on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Brian Ach/AP Images for FedEx)

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders got some good news in free agency Thursday, one day after voiding top target Rodger Saffold's contract because of a bad shoulder.

The Raiders signed defensive end Justin Tuck to a two-year, $11 million contract in the first step toward rebuilding a line that has no returning starters on the roster.

Tuck joins the Raiders following nine seasons with the New York Giants during which he helped the team win two Super Bowl titles. Tuck has made two Pro Bowls and has 60.5 career sacks, 20 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in 127 career games with New York.

"Last week, I absolutely did not see it coming," Tuck said. "It wasn't necessarily on my radar at that point in time, but everything accelerated pretty quickly, and I'm excited. I really am. I like the direction that this team is talking about going in, and I just want to be a part of it."

The Raiders need help on their pass rush after losing last year's leading sacker and most consistent defender, LaMarr Houston, to Chicago in free agency. The other three starting defensive linemen — Pat Sims, Vance Walker and Jason Hunter — are also free agents.


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