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Sunday, February 3, 2013
Would Giants pick Nicks over Cruz?

By Dan Graziano

NEW ORLEANS -- Interesting bit of news this morning from our man Adam Schefter, who reports that the New York Giants are "putting a bigger emphasis" on a new contract for wide receiver Hakeem Nicks than they are for fellow wide receiver Victor Cruz. After an injury-plagued season for Nicks, it seemed as though Cruz would be the star receiver the Giants preferred to lock up long term, but Adam's sources say otherwise.

Couple of things I think are at work here:
Bottom line, Cruz fans: I wouldn't panic just yet. In the Giants' ideal world, they'd love to keep both of these guys. And it may be that they're working on something with Nicks that helps facilitate that. But just because Adam's reporting that Nicks is a higher priority doesn't mean you need to be worrying yet about Cruz leaving for another team. He's a restricted free agent, first of all, which means they can tender him and put off the long-term deal if they want to. And regardless of how that plays out, there's still likely a long way to go in negotiations with Cruz as well as Nicks.