Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Breakfast links: Cruz in no hurry to sign
By Dan Graziano
What's up, blog faithful? Its Tuesday, 23 days before the NFL draft. We are going to have a chat and ... well, goodness knows what else? Maybe someone will make some news. Maybe we'll have to make something up like we did Monday about the Giants. Either way, it all starts with the links.
New York Giants
Brad Gagnon thinks Victor Cruz doesn't need to be in any hurry to take what the Giants are offering, since he has leverage that will only increase if he goes out in 2013 and performs the way he did in 2011 and 2012. I once thought the Cruz situation would get resolved quickly, and I still think he ends up with the Giants long-term. But right now it's hard to see either side taking a significant step toward the other anytime soon.
Should Eli Manning restructure his contract to save the Giants some 2013 cap space? Probably not. His cap cost each of the next two years is right around $20 million already, and another restructure would only create more problems down the line.
The Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb trades obviously didn't work out for the Redskins and Cardinals but as Sheil Kapadia writes, the haul of picks and players the Eagles got in return for those two quarterbacks doesn't look as great now as it did a couple of years ago.
The three significant starting offensive linemen who had to miss large chunks of the 2012 season due to injuries are all healing, albeit at different paces. It sounds as though left tackle Jason Peters is doing well and center Jason Kelce struggling a bit.
Fred Davis' new contract comes with a 2013 cap hit of $2.5 million and could be worth as much as $3.75 million this year if he hits all of his incentives.
He's the Redskins' quarterback now, but Robert Griffin III still bleeds Baylor green. And when the Baylor women's basketball team lost to Louisville on Sunday in the NCAA tournament, Griffin did not take it well.
In assessing whether Tony Romo's new contract is appropriate within the marketplace, Calvin Watkins wants to compare Romo to other top quarterbacks who have yet to win Super Bowl titles and see how he stacks up.
The Cowboys would like to extend Anthony Spencer's contract as well, but Spencer has been otherwise occupied of late. The Dallas defensive end got married last weekend.