Victor Cruz seeking new deal

Updated: October 24, 2012, 4:52 PM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

Victor Cruz hopes the New York Giants will rework his contract at some point before the end of the season.

The Giants' playmaking receiver is in the final season of his contract worth $540,000. He will be a restricted free agent after the season.

Cruz We don't want to drag (contract talks) along, and become something that blocks the team in the offseason, and something that is in the media every day.

-- Victor Cruz

"I'm just in a position right now where I'm just focused on football," Cruz said on WFAN during his weekly spot. "I have people, my agents and things like that, to worry about that stuff. But as a human being, you obviously want to ... you hope you get it done before the season's over, obviously."

Cruz has maintained all year that he wants to focus on football and not let his contract become a distraction. He also has tried to keep his contract status from becoming an issue.

The wide receiver broke out last season with 82 receptions for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. This season, Cruz has remained hot with 50 receptions for 627 yards and seven touchdowns. He had seven catches for 131 yards and the game-winning 77-yard touchdown against Washington on Sunday.

He's hoping that all the big plays will lead to a new deal before season's end.

"My team and my agents, my team on my side, we would like to get it done before the season (ends)," Cruz said. "We don't want to drag it along, and become something that blocks the team in the offseason, and something that is in the media every day.

"We don't want it to get like that. We want to just knock it out halfway through the season, or during the season at the very least, and put it behind (us).

"I love this team, I love this organization ... I want to, God willing, one day retire a Giant."

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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