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Victor Cruz won’t rule out a holdout

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Last April, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said that the word holdout wasn’t in his vocabulary and that he didn’t even know what the word meant.

Perhaps that explains his response to a question from the New York Daily News about whether or not he’d consider a holdout in the extremely likely event the Giants placed a restricted free agent tender on him this offseason.

“I have no answer to that,” Cruz said.

It seems more likely that Cruz knows the word and didn’t answer because he didn’t want to return fire after owner John Mara said that Cruz was asking for too much money as part of the long-term extension that Cruz is seeking. It would be silly to think that it isn’t something Cruz is considering with the offseason approaching and Mara making the Giants’ position very clear.

It’s the only leverage Cruz has at the moment, although, as we learned with Mike Wallace last year, it’s not the most overwhelming leverage of the year. Cruz could sit out an entire season, but he wouldn’t accrue the year he needs to become an unrestricted free agent in 2014.

As we said when writing about Mara’s comment, it’s far too early to read much of anything into the posturing on both sides. There’s plenty of time to work out a deal, even if Cruz might have reason to feel antsier than he did earlier in the week.

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51 Responses to “Victor Cruz won’t rule out a holdout”
  1. blackandbluedivision says: Feb 1, 2013 6:59 PM

    smh. People keep doing it, other players are going to follow suit.

  2. mrlaloosh says: Feb 1, 2013 7:10 PM

    Mara will get his buddy GODell to suspend Cruz for making horrible soup commercials. A clear and present danger to the worthiness of NFL corporate sponsors.
    I swore off of Chunky Soup because of Cruz. Come on Roger, suspend him for a year, at least.

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Feb 1, 2013 7:15 PM

    Sometimes in the heat of passion the little head thinks with the big head ! The Bronx Tale

  4. jikkle49 says: Feb 1, 2013 7:17 PM

    You’re a restricted free agent with 0 leverage so show up to the offseason work, have a great season to prove your worth a big contract, and if it’s not the Giants some team will line up and pay you.

  5. ny1jz says: Feb 1, 2013 7:22 PM

    Seriously hope he doesn’t do it. Look at Revis, Wallace, Jones Drew. I’m sure they’d all like to turn back the hands of time.

  6. bobonmycob says: Feb 1, 2013 7:23 PM

    Can’t wait to see all the ugly sad faces in New York when Victor Salsa dances his way onto a jet to fly and play for another team.

  7. mikebrownfaux says: Feb 1, 2013 7:24 PM

    Restricted Free Agents are doing this more and more, and I honestly can’t figure out why they don’t just put in one more year, and then go for the big pay day. If you’re confident in your consistency and talent, then you shouldn’t have a problem playing for a “tendered contract” and then hitting the market the very next year.

  8. sadskinsfan89 says: Feb 1, 2013 7:26 PM

    Didnt he say last year he wasnt all about the money and would never hold out cuz he just is happy to be where he is. Anyone else remember that?

  9. justintuckrule says: Feb 1, 2013 7:37 PM

    I said this last offseason. He should have held out then. Now, the giants are screwing him for being a good soldier last year. If they don’t pay now, all they are doing is encouraging more desean Jackson
    Type behavior. And I’m a giants fan

  10. justintuckrule says: Feb 1, 2013 7:39 PM

    Btw… He has plenty of leverage. The winning window is only so big. Without Cruz, who is their most durable and explosive wr, the giants are a 6 win team.

  11. nineroutsider says: Feb 1, 2013 7:51 PM

    “extremely likely event the Giants placed a restricted free agent tender on him this offseason”

    If Cruz got an offer that the Giants couldn’t or wouldn’t counter, what would they get from the team that signed him? A 2nd round pick?

    No team made a move on restricted free agents last year did they? I would think Cruz would be worth losing a pick to some team, but I thought the same of Wallace. I wonder if there might be a little collusion going on here, kind of like the “agreed upon cap” for the non-capped year by the owners. (The Skins still deserved to be banished for that BTW, so get over it! It did make the NFC East a little more interesting though along with RG3.)

    Cruz shouldn’t hold out if it comes to that though as it really doesn’t serve him well long term. Just be a little edgy and vocal like so many Giants have been over the years. Teams that win super bowls have to take full advantage of cap opportunities, its just part of the business. Some team will have to pay if you keep it up, so keep doing your thing and know that your day will come.

  12. gtrav says: Feb 1, 2013 7:56 PM

    I heard the Giants wanted to pass a higher offer to him, but it hit him in the hands and he dropped it

  13. andyreidsbossoms says: Feb 1, 2013 7:59 PM

    You signed a contract! You put your name on paper, live up to it! For once could an athlete plz play for the love of the game.

  14. donmcg2012 says: Feb 1, 2013 8:05 PM

    And another overvalued diva comes onto the scene.

  15. bearclaw69 says: Feb 1, 2013 8:32 PM

    Tired of these players not honoring their contracts. And don’t you player butt-kissers come back with that lame argument about the owners not honoring theirs when they cut a player, etc. THAT RIGHT is in the player’s contract, and the team (who pays the salary) can exercise it anytime they want. Don’t like that clause? Then DON’T SIGN the contract…and don’t play football. There should be serious penalties for players who hold out.

  16. bradford08 says: Feb 1, 2013 8:33 PM

    Finish out the remainder of your contract the way you played in the beginning of your contract, keeeping Mara’s comments in the back of your mind, then go sign with someone else.

  17. newagerocker says: Feb 1, 2013 8:41 PM

    The Giants draft very well, they don’t play games with diva’s. They’ll let him walk in a New York minute.

  18. kev86 says: Feb 1, 2013 8:41 PM

    I’d bet anyone big he signs nice deal with the G-Men.

  19. seageo says: Feb 1, 2013 8:43 PM

    Quit your phony reporting. All He really said was “no comment” pretty much.

    What is He supposed to say? His agent is negotiating a deal so He keeps his comments to himself. If he says “No way” well there goes His leverage. Its part of negotiating.

    This site is starting to really fish fort non stories.

  20. bmore44 says: Feb 1, 2013 8:46 PM

    How much does he want ?

  21. armchairqb says: Feb 1, 2013 8:47 PM

    Oh my god, please just pay the man. This is absurd.

  22. cmdrsmooth says: Feb 1, 2013 8:51 PM

    Wow..guy is lucky the Giants gave him a shot from the scraps…and now he wants to hold out. Be lucky u r not salsa dancing in your backyard.

  23. kingcarlbanks says: Feb 1, 2013 8:57 PM

    @bobonmycob

    You must be from some flyover state with no football team. Must suck to live in Iowa or Idaho or wherever they grow haters like you. Cruz will be a Giant next year. No team is gonna cough up a #1 and then give him big money to boot. Didnt work for Wallace and wont work for him. Continue hating..

  24. therealtrenches says: Feb 1, 2013 9:24 PM

    It wasn’t too long ago that this late rounder was singing the “just happy to be here in the NFL” song, and whistling the “these guys who hold out need to be reminded of how lucky they are” tune.

    Now he can’t stop salsa-ing and might hold out.

    Got hypocrite?

  25. patssteelersorgiants says: Feb 1, 2013 9:34 PM

    “You signed a contract! You put your name on paper, live up to it! For once could an athlete plz play for the love of the game.”

    Do you work for the love of your job or do you get paid for it? The man makes millions for Mara, he deserves to get a cut.

  26. billb09 says: Feb 1, 2013 10:06 PM

    Maybe the next Steve Smith………show up and play. I would love to see the day when a player signs a contract, has a bad year and takes a cut in salary the next year. Man up you signed it, you need to honor it. You will get more respect.

  27. commonsensedude says: Feb 1, 2013 10:06 PM

    We’ll take him in DC. Victor, you can continue your conversations with John Mara in the form of two victories a year against your former team.

  28. censoredagain says: Feb 1, 2013 10:17 PM

    I’m quite sure if the Giants were in a better cap position, this wouldn’t be happening. As it were, they have over 20 UFA’s/RFA’s to contend with, and the last time I checked, they were 4.7 mil over the limit. It’s going to take some releases and some restructures before they can give Vic what he deserves. Until then, this is a complete non-story, folks.

  29. ballinsohard says: Feb 1, 2013 10:54 PM

    Yeah yeah yeah, whatever. I want a Ray Lewis story

  30. fantasyfootballmaven0 says: Feb 1, 2013 11:02 PM

    He’ll have more leverage if he plays out his contract and keeps putting up the numbers he has. If he does that he could be paid like a top 5 receiver

  31. gbsfinest420 says: Feb 1, 2013 11:17 PM

    well…. im not a giants fan… i actually really dislike them but… this guy really out played his rookie contract… he played hard last year as well and never complained once about his contract… alot of players should shutup and honor their contract but in cruzs case… they should pay the guy

  32. denverscott says: Feb 1, 2013 11:45 PM

    mrlaloosh says: Feb 1, 2013 7:10 PM

    Mara will get his buddy GODell to suspend Cruz for making horrible soup commercials. A clear and present danger to the worthiness of NFL corporate sponsors.
    I swore off of Chunky Soup because of Cruz. Come on Roger, suspend him for a year, at least.
    ==================================
    Wow, 2 whole comments before some tard makes this about the commish.

  33. tdurdenlives says: Feb 1, 2013 11:52 PM

    As a fantasy team owner for whom Cruz earned an awful lot of points during his rookie year, I am disappointed.

    As a Redskins fan, I kinda hope he does hold out.

  34. raiderinva says: Feb 2, 2013 12:42 AM

    Can we get through the Super Bowl before we all start talking about new contracts?

    Hell…..

    Who are your five for the Hall Of Fame?

    I start with Ray Guy

  35. jessethegreat says: Feb 2, 2013 12:54 AM

    Can’t blame him. Guy could get seriously injured before the season even starts let alone during the season and watch his career earning potential plummet.

    He may want to do the right thing, but he owes the Giants nothing. Time to start thinking about your future and your kids Cruz.

  36. rabbdogg says: Feb 2, 2013 2:13 AM

    all of u idiots screaming about honor the contract u signed are just dumb…why should players honor contracts when the teams dont have to honor them…being able to cut a player whenever they see fit…no matter how many years or money is left on the “contract”

  37. tom35mt says: Feb 2, 2013 4:36 AM

    one year wonder.

  38. 1chilla says: Feb 2, 2013 4:51 AM

    Come on man ya’ll guys blessed to have talent n skill set to play n nfl n make millions n you wont to cry like a baby get a 9 to 5 job that pays 9hr n see wat lifes about

  39. bosspower says: Feb 2, 2013 5:49 AM

    Newsflash Cruz played out his contract. He is a Restricted Free Agent. I havent heard him say anything about holding out. Giants need to get a deal done with this guy……Nicks need to say healthy, and I think Greg Jennings should get a call from the Giants front office as well

  40. TheWizard says: Feb 2, 2013 6:14 AM

    There should be serious penalties for players who hold out

    There usually is.

    They usually harm their own career.

    If they take care of the money they already have, they’ll be farther ahead of guys making twice as much in most cases.

    More isn’t always better.

    Unless it’s red velvet cake or whoopie pies.

  41. undraftedstar says: Feb 2, 2013 6:46 AM

    The Jets would give up a 1st, they do need a receiver.HTTR

  42. norrinradd12 says: Feb 2, 2013 7:36 AM

    @bradfordo8

    He DID finish out his contract. Why is this such a hard concept for people to understand?

  43. countyk66ers says: Feb 2, 2013 7:58 AM

    He deserves a raise but not as much as he wants.

  44. madtownthrowdown says: Feb 2, 2013 8:13 AM

    Just pay his grandma and she’ll get him to play.

  45. henryd3rd says: Feb 2, 2013 8:40 AM

    Strike while the irons hot Victor. Many a player’s career ended with some debilitating injury; so get your money.

  46. kev86 says: Feb 2, 2013 9:17 AM

    For those saying “just pay the man” I ask pay him what? Post some figures and let me know short, long term what it does for the cap and rest of players that need to be paid.

  47. fanofevilempire says: Feb 2, 2013 9:58 AM

    I hope he can get the big contract, Imagine if he had to move to Newark, have you seen the cost of housing lately.

    Please pay the Salsa man.

  48. green41563 says: Feb 2, 2013 10:36 AM

    rabbdogg says: Feb 2, 2013 2:13 AM

    all of u idiots screaming about honor the contract u signed are just dumb…why should players honor contracts when the teams dont have to honor them…being able to cut a player whenever they see fit…no matter how many years or money is left on the “contract”
    __________________________________

    Your understanding of NFL contracts is a bit off. Theoretically, every NFL contract is a 0ne-year contract for the guaranteed money with a series of one-year team options at the designated base salary.

    East example, suppose I sign a 5-year $25M contract with a $10 million bonus/guarantee. What I really have is a one-year contract for $10 million, and the team has four one-year options to extend the contract at the base salary designated in the contract. Bottom line is, once the team pays you your guaranteed money, it has fulfilled the contract regardless of when it cuts you.

  49. skinsgal4life says: Feb 2, 2013 10:39 AM

    Some of these guys just seem so selfish. I understand the risks involved with playing football, but they make more in one year than I will in my lifetime–to play a game!

  50. supesfan34 says: Feb 2, 2013 12:04 PM

    Tired of these players not honoring their contracts. And don’t you player butt-kissers come back with that lame argument about the owners not honoring theirs when they cut a player, etc. THAT RIGHT is in the player’s contract, and the team (who pays the salary) can exercise it anytime they want. Don’t like that clause? Then DON’T SIGN the contract…and don’t play football. There should be serious penalties for players who hold out.

    ————————————————–
    You DO understand the concept of free agent right? His contract is up, so if he holds out it because he has not signed a new one.

  51. cmonelisha says: Feb 2, 2013 6:31 PM

    cruz deserves top 10 wr money..prob top 7 but not top 5 i wouldnt pay him top 5 money and im a huge giants / cruz supporter he reminds me of wes welker great route runner adn shifty but doesnt have that fitz, moss, calvin, andre johnson terrell owens ability..obviously

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