I asked Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck if he had any comment regarding the end of the lockout and he responded with a one-word answer: "Finally."
Good to see that Tuck hasn't lost his pithy ways during his time away from the spotlight. But "finally" does seem to convey a sense that we were waiting a long time for this to happen. In fact, when you think about it, the resolution is pretty much right on time. Shaun O'Hara, the Giants' team rep in the soon-to-be-reinstated NFLPA, had been telling players to be prepared to report on July 27 way back in the spring when he organized some workouts at Bergen Catholic High School. That's pretty close.
So while it may have seemed an eternity to get things to this point -- even to Tuck -- the reality is that with no games and no preseason games (besides the Hall of Fame game) and no training camp days cancelled, there's very little difference for most players between getting an agreement done today and having had one five or six weeks ago. (Free agents, well, that's a different story.)
You may recall it was Tuck who downplayed the importance of team workouts during the lockout and said that he knew that the defensive players would be ready when the season begins. Well, the season is beginning. So I also asked Tuck if he is confident that everyone will show up in shape this week.
"We will see," he said.
Yes, we will.