Justin Tuck is at the Global Sports Forum hoping that Peyton Manning winds up anywhere on that globe … except for his division.
"Hopefully he doesn't come to the NFC East where I'll have to play him twice a year,” Tuck said to the Associated Press at the forum in Barcelona today.
The only place he would likely land in the NFC East would be with the Redskins. There were reports out of Washington today that Manning had crossed that team off his list of suitors, one of the reasons being a desire to avoid twice-a-season showdowns with Eli Manning and the Giants.
Another possibility is the Jets, in which case the Mannings would share a city but at least not have to face each other on the field very often (except for the inevitable showdown in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium).
“There’s going to be a lot of teams bidding for the services of Peyton Manning,” Tuck said. “Even with the injury, I think he's still going to come back strong and he's going to make whichever team he goes to an instant powerhouse.”
Tuck also commented on the Saints’ bounty program and noted, as Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin have already done this week, that it has “no place in the NFL."
"You know guys' weaknesses, even if they are fully healthy, you know what they are and how to exploit that,” he said. “But you never go out trying to hurt a guy.”
While in Spain, Tuck managed to catch Barcelona's 7-1 Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night, seeing Lionel Messi score five times. Tuck got to meet Messi in person on Thursday, swapping jerseys.
"(Eli) reminds me of a lot of Messi,” Tuck said. “He's just one of those guys who wants to go about his job the best he can, he doesn't worry about the fame, he doesn't worry about the limelight. He's just an old country boy that wants to go out there and throw the football around … You just know every time he steps on the football field you have a chance to win.”
Tuck also told the Associated Press that he expects the Giants to select either a tight end of an offensive lineman in the draft next month.