Justin Tuck signed with the Oakland Raiders after spending his first nine National Football League seasons with the New York Giants.
The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end, who totaled 60 1/2 sacks in 127 games with the Giants, agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract with the Raiders, ESPN reported. Tuck had a team-leading 11 sacks for New York last season, when he made $6.1 million in salary and bonuses.
The Raiders also said yesterday that they had signed free-agent linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who spent the past seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. ESPN said his contract is for two years and up to $12 million.
“I feel like we bring leadership and experience to this defense,” Woodley said in a statement on the Raiders’ website. “Me and Justin both have played in two Super Bowls. He has won two, I’ve won one Super Bowl, but we know what it’s like to be on a winning team, and we know what it takes to get there.”
The Raiders didn’t disclose terms of the contracts with Tuck and Woodley.
A third-round pick in the 2005 NFL draft, Tuck won two Super Bowl titles with the Giants and had been a defensive captain since 2010. The addition of Tuck helps the Raiders offset the loss of defensive end Lamarr Houston, who joined the Chicago Bears after leading Oakland with six sacks last season.
Also yesterday, the Carolina Panthers released wide receiver Steve Smith, the franchise leader in receptions, touchdowns and receiving yards.
General Manager Dave Gettleman made the announcement on the team’s website, calling the 34-year-old Smith the “face of the franchise.”
In a 13-year career spent entirely with the Panthers, Smith has 12,197 yards receiving with 75 total touchdowns and 836 catches. Last year he had 64 catches for 745 yards and four scores.