Mara wonders what Cruz will do

March, 19, 2013
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John Mara is hopeful that Victor Cruz's switch to agent Tom Condon will help negotiations for a long-term contract.

But the Giants co-owner also says Cruz's future depends on what he and Condon will want to do this season if the restricted free agent does not draw a contract offer from another team.

"Well, we weren’t getting anywhere with the previous agent," Mara said of negotiations on SiriusXM NFL radio. "So hopefully with Tom Condon, we will be able to get something done. But I don't have a feel for that one way or the other. It is sort of up to them.

"Do they want to sign a deal now or do they want to take their chances in free agency next year?" Mara continued. "That is assuming he doesn’t get an offer sheet. He may very well get an offer sheet from somebody. He is a dynamic player and he is certainly somebody we want back."

Teams have until April 19 if they want to make Cruz an offer. The Giants tendered Cruz with a first-round RFA tender, allowing them to match any offer to keep Cruz or take a first-round pick back in compensation. If no team offers Cruz, he can sign his tender ($2.879 million for this season) and play out the season and become an unrestricted free agent. The Giants, though, could designate the franchise tag on Cruz.

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said he thinks it is "probable" that a team will make Cruz an offer. In the meantime, both sides may start working again on an extension -- something both Mara and Cruz are hoping to do at some point this year.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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