Both defensive captains said Monday that they'd like to retire as Giants . . . just not right now.
Justin Tuck, a free agent this offseason, on several occasions has voiced his desire to finish his career with the Giants. Antrel Rolle said he would be open to an extension from the Giants.
Rolle, the best player on the defense this season, has one year left on his contract, and an extension could be a way to thin out his salary-cap hit. Rolle thinks he has four more years of playing football "at an elite level" and said ending his career with the Giants is "the ultimate goal."
Tuck already has made strides toward his desire. After finishing with a team-high 11 sacks, his most since 2010, he had a meeting scheduled with team officials Monday afternoon, and it sounded as if a new contract can be worked out.
"I would love to retire as a Giant," he said. "But I understand that football is a business, and just like the Giants are going to assess this whole situation and do what's best for the team, I have to do the same for myself. But I have no doubt that we'll sit down and take our time and hopefully make something happen."
Nicks isn't worried
Hakeem Nicks isn't worried that his lackluster statistics during the last two years will diminish his value as a free agent.
"I still know what I'm capable of doing," he said. "I still consider myself one of the top receivers in this league and I'm going to go out and prove it."
Nicks caught 56 passes for 896 yards this season, which ranked 57th and 32nd in the league, respectively. Most glaringly, he did not score a touchdown.
"I think I have good enough film out there. I made my name well-known," he said when asked if the Giants and other suitors will see him as the playmaker he believes he is. "Ain't nothing wrong with proving it over, though, and if I have to prove it again, I'll prove it again."
Rueben Randle was asked if he would be able to take over as the No. 1 outside receiver for the Giants if Nicks left in free agency. With a smile, he simply said, "Yep."
The Giants will discuss the possibility of an extension for Eli Manning to alleviate some of his salary-cap burden "I don't think we need to do it," president and CEO John Mara said, "[but] it's certainly something we're going to talk about, though. It depends on how aggressive we want to be in free agency. . . That's obviously one of the major decisions we have to make this year.'' . . . Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said he finally is able to lift weights after his shoulder injury, will continue rehabilitation and will decide by the end of January if he will have surgery . . . General manager Jerry Reese said running back David Wilson's neck injury is career-threatening and could require surgery He said the Giants will have contingency plans and likely will not go into 2014 projecting Wilson as their top back . . . Reese does not believe that the fractured leg suffered by tackle Will Beatty on Sunday will affect his availability in 2014 . . . Rolle still is steaming about his Pro Bowl snub. "Did I get screwed? Absolutely," he said.