He might not even be the one most likely to wind up with one. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Giants are putting a bigger emphasis on signing Hakeem Nicks this offseason than they are on getting Cruz locked up for the long term. Nicks has one year left on his deal and, per the report, the team views him as a “legitimate No. 1 receiver.”
With Cruz subject to a restricted free agent tender, it makes sense for the Giants to address other contract issues first as the offseason gets underway. Taking care of Nicks first would also likely establish some idea of the kind of contract the Giants would be willing to offer Cruz, something that might help bring Cruz’s asking price down from being “too much” for owner John Mara.
Nicks is coming off a year marred by knee and foot injuries. He caught 53 passes for 692 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games, well off the standard he set while catching 155 passes over the previous two seasons. That doesn’t seem like the optimal time to cash in with a long-term deal, but it might not have a huge impact on the contract numbers if the Giants do view him as highly as the report indicates.