But the head coach lamented the time lost this offseason so far as Cruz continues to try to work out a new deal.
"I've been optimistic since Day One and it hasn’t gotten me anywhere has it?" Coughlin said. "So I’ll just continue to be that way. The clock’s running. Calendar dates are going by fellas."
Coughlin actually licked his fingers and motioned as if he were turning calendar pages. Cruz did not show up for the first day of mandatory minicamp and doesn't have to be here since he has yet to sign his restricted free-agent tender. If Cruz doesn't sign his tender worth $2.879 million, the Giants can lower the tender to $630,000 on June 17.
But it is hard seeing the Giants going that route, which would only add tension to negotiations.
"This is something that at least we could have benefited by if nothing else, this minicamp," Coughlin said. "But you have to realize that there is no contract at this time. Without a contract he is not going to be here."