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Will DE Justin Tuck be re-signed after this season?
The 2013 Giants will feature several key players in a contract year. With their futures uncertain, the soon-to-be unrestricted free agents will need to perform at the highest level possible this season.
Their careers—with or without the Giants—depend upon it.
Players like wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, defensive end Justin Tuck, left guard Kevin Boothe and defensive tackle Linval Joseph have been notable contributors for quite some time. These players will need to raise their play in 2013 to an elite level, justifying the multimillion-dollar contracts they will surely be pursuing.
And players like running back Andre Brown and safety Stevie Brown, who are set to become unrestricted free agents in 2014, will need to prove they were not one-hit wonders. In 2013, these players will feel the pressure to replicate the breakout seasons they enjoyed just the year before.
Other players like cornerback Terrell Thomas and linebackers Aaron Curry, Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger will have one last opportunity to make an impact. For these defenders, the 2013 season may be a final chance to prove that they belong in the NFL.
Many of these players will never again suit up with the G-Men after this season. Those who do will need to have an outstanding year in 2013.