Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Victor Cruz contract buzz increases
By Ohm Youngmisuk
There was a lot of talk Tuesday about Victor Cruz's extension negotiations with the Giants.
It started with rumblings by reporters on social media that the Pro Bowl receiver could be nearing an agreement. Then the New York Post reported that the two parties "are on the 2-yard-line" as far as nearing a potential long-term extension. Cruz also told the paper that things were "moving."
On Tuesday afternoon, two sources told ESPNNewYork.com that nothing was imminent. NFL Network, USA Today, the New York Daily News and the Bergen Record all reported the same, that talks are ongoing but nothing was imminent.
NFL Network reported on Tuesday night "that the next few days are viewed as important, with talks planned."
Giants co-owner John Mara has continually expressed optimism that a deal will get done and there certainly seems to be no reason to believe anything otherwise. There's no division between either side. Cruz has handled everything the right way, shying away from controversy by not talking about his deal. He was also seen exchanging pleasantries with head coach Tom Coughlin at the BTIG charity event on Tuesday in the city.
While there's no looming deadline or pressure to get anything done in the immediate future, the Giants certainly would love to get Cruz in the facility for voluntary OTAs. Eli Manning said Monday that he would love for Cruz to be in attendance when the offense begins facing the defense next week.
So something could always get done soon if more progress is made. If not, the two sides have time to get something done. The Giants don't have a mandatory function until veterans' minicamp next month. Shortly after that, the team can significantly reduce the one-year RFA tender of $2.879 million offered to Cruz if the Giants opt to go that route.
It's hard seeing the Giants doing that. Both sides want the same thing. They just need to come closer on a number. By the sounds of things on Tuesday, the Giants and Cruz are talking, and that's a good thing.