New York Giants: Greg Jennings

Sources: Vikings, Rams won't target Cruz

March, 16, 2013
Pro Bowl wide receiver Victor Cruz isn't a free-agent target of the Minnesota Vikings or St. Louis Rams, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Saturday, citing league sources.

That improves the odds that Cruz remains with the New York Giants, because the Vikings and Rams are the only teams with two first-round picks in the April draft.

The Giants tendered Cruz, a restricted free agent, with a first-round pick last week, owner John Mara announced, meaning that any interested team would have to give up a first-rounder to sign Cruz.

Minnesota signed receiver Greg Jennings on Friday to a five-year deal worth $47.5 million, reducing the likelihood the Vikings would go after Cruz. As for the Rams, they let Danny Amendola bolt for the Patriots over money, so spending big to get Cruz doesn't seem to fit with their free-agency philosophy. Amendola signed a five-year deal worth $31 million.

Cruz has been a popular, valuable wide receiver for the Giants, but he has also been extremely cost-efficient. Signed as an undrafted free agent from UMass, Cruz stands to make just under $3 million next season, up from his base salary of $540,000 in 2012.

Since the Giants would have the opportunity to match any offer for Cruz, a team would likely have to offer the wide receiver a high-priced deal in addition to giving up the first-round pick.

A team could still use its only first-round pick to try to nab Cruz. A reasonable scenario would be a team with a late first-round pick but a good number of later-round picks. Both San Francisco and the Patriots fit that description. Neither team, however, has a glaring need at wide receiver.

Ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this report.

Jennings: "We haven't forgotten"

January, 9, 2012
The New York Giants have lost the last two times they played Green Bay. But the Packers apparently are the ones with payback on their minds entering Sunday's playoff rematch in Lambeau.

"The team that kept us from our potential Super Bowl in 08 is back on OUR turf now. Trust me, we haven't forgotten. Here.We...GoPackGo!" Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings tweeted on Sunday.

The Packers won't be lacking motivation. The last time these teams met in the playoffs at Lambeau Field, the Giants won the NFC Championship Game 23-20 in overtime on Jan. 20, 2008.

The Giants hope to regain the road-warrior mentality that spurred them to the Super Bowl that magical season.

They are also eager to test themselves against the defending Super Bowl champs while they are playing their best football of the season. They lost a thrilling 38-35 game to the Packers at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 4, but they say they are a different team now, a much more confident team that is playing its best defense of the season.

"It happened for a reason, and hopefully it happened for us as a testament for redemption I guess," defensive end Justin Tuck said of losing to Green Bay in December. "That is something that is going to be on our mind and I am sure it is on theirs, too. I saw the Greg Jennings tweet about remembering what happened in '08. So it is going to be an emotional football game for both teams."