- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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There were rumblings circulating Tuesday that things might be heating up with Victor Cruz's contract negotiations.
But two sources said there is nothing imminent at the moment and that it appears it is status quo in talks between Cruz and the New York Giants on a potential extension.
Co-owner John Mara has maintained that he is optimistic a deal will get done eventually to keep the star receiver in blue. Cruz, in an appearance at BTIG Charity Day in the city, politely declined comment and has remained quiet about his contract this offseason.
"That's smart," Eli Manning said at the BTIG event. "I think that is a good idea for him. There is nothing he can say right now that is going to make anything better or worse. I think it is best to lay low."
Manning, who shares the same agent (Tom Condon) with Cruz, said Monday night at a charity event for Guiding Eyes for the Blind that he was hoping Cruz could practice with the team as soon as next week, when the offense faces the defense in Phase 2 of the offseason training activities program.
But OTAs are voluntary and Cruz doesn't have to participate. Next month there is a mandatory veteran's minicamp.
Cruz ran into Giants head coach Tom Coughlin in the elevator lobby at the BTIG event and the two exchanged pleasantries for a minute