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Mara reiterates confidence in Cruz deal

5/7/2013

John Mara said a few weeks ago that a Victor Cruz extension "will get done at some point."

The New York Giants co-owner reiterated that confidence Tuesday, saying there is a "slow but steady" communication between both sides.

"I'm pretty confident that we'll end up reaching a deal with him," Mara said on NFL Network. "This is not that atypical a situation. Player contracts, particularly with star players like Victor, can tend to drag on from time to time. I think we'll get it done."

The Giants and Cruz have time on their side to work out a deal. Now that teams can no longer offer the restricted free agent a contract offer, Cruz can sign his one-year RFA tender for $2.879 million. In the meantime, both sides can keep negotiating a long-term extension.

The next date to watch is June 11, when the Giants have a mandatory veterans minicamp. So we'll see if Cruz will attend. The Pro Bowl receiver and his agent, Tom Condon, have a good relationship with the Giants, so it might be a little surprising if Cruz opted to not attend.

Mara sounds confident that things won't get ugly.

"This is the right place for him to play," Mara said. "He's a star in this area, he's an important part of our team, and I think we'll eventually get a deal done, but it's just a process that you have to go through. And we're going through it right now. There's communication, and it's slow but steady, and I think at some point we'll reach a deal."