Giants coach Tom Coughlin is out promoting a new book, but he’d prefer his players have their business taken care of already.
During an appearance Tuesday, Coughlin admitted the lingering uncertainty about wide receiver Victor Cruz’s contract was of some concern.
“I like to think that I can control everything, and that I can have something to do with making sure that something gets done that I think would be beneficial to everyone,” Coughlin said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “And certainly I believe that about Victor. We want Victor to be a Giant until the end of his career, but obviously he and his people, his agents, they’ve got to make that call.
“It’s a little bit frustrating in that you’d like to have it done, that’s all.”
Of course, Cruz is still a restricted free agent, which means the Giants can retain his rights with a tender offer until a long-term contract is reached. That’s why Coughlin replied “I think so,” when asked if he could count on Cruz being around in 2013.
Coughlin said he spoke with Cruz recently, and said he expressed his desire to keep him around long-term.
“Well, in my own terms, yes,” Coughlin said.
While there aren’t necessarily signs of trouble at the moment, coming to contract terms with Cruz is taking a bit more time than Coughlin would prefer.