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Coughlin: Protracted Cruz talks “a little bit frustrating”

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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.

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11 Responses to “Coughlin: Protracted Cruz talks “a little bit frustrating””
  1. doomsdaydefensetx says: Mar 5, 2013 1:11 PM

    Cruz salary for the past couple years has been under 1 mil. I bet he’s trying to make some Dwayne Bowe cash. And if the pro bowl ballot wasn’t a total sham Dez Bryant would have taken your place which was rightfully his to begin with. 1382 yards 12td so technically he regressed in 2k12. Keep working it’ll all pay off.

  2. victorycruz says: Mar 5, 2013 1:24 PM

    Give him a 5 year, $50mil contract and let’s move on already. Why does this always have to be a distraction. Smh

  3. blacknole08 says: Mar 5, 2013 1:38 PM

    If the Giants don’t want him we will gladly take him in Carolina. :)

  4. patsfiend says: Mar 5, 2013 1:47 PM

    Victor, come back to Massachusetts where you belong, and play for a team that will be making the playoffs for the next 5 years, as opposed to one that will spend those years looking up at the Redskins.

  5. kylehealy says: Mar 5, 2013 1:58 PM

    “obviously he and his people, his agents, they’ve got to make that call.”

    What?!?! No, it’s up to the Giants front office. The guy has been a Pro Bowler and one of the best receivers in football the last two seasons while earning the league minimum or very close to it. Pay him! He deserves it.

  6. pixelito says: Mar 5, 2013 2:01 PM

    patsfiend says:
    Mar 5, 2013 1:47 PM
    Victor, come back to Massachusetts where you belong, and play for a team that will be making the playoffs for the next 5 years

    And losing Superbowls.

  7. lolo376 says: Mar 5, 2013 2:40 PM

    Isn’t this the same guy (Cruz) who said he would NEVER hold out, because its not about the money! ?

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 5, 2013 3:20 PM

    He’s not holding out, dimwit.

  9. roadtrip3500 says: Mar 5, 2013 3:51 PM

    kylehealy says: Mar 5, 2013 1:58 PM

    What?!?! No, it’s up to the Giants front office. The guy has been a Pro Bowler and one of the best receivers in football the last two seasons while earning the league minimum or very close to it. Pay him! He deserves it.
    ———————————–
    The Giants have to pay 53 guys, not just the best 10 – and keep it in the budget of the salary cap. If you give Cruz the huge-bucks long-term deal this year, what do you do with Nicks and JPP next year? Eli and Tuck can only restructure so many times before they say “that’s enough, I want to make sure I get mine now.” If David Wilson develops, he’ll need a contract before the Cruz deal is up.

    Cruz has earned a notable raise over what he was making, but not at the expense of preventing paying his teammates who also deserve a raise.

  10. mhohmann says: Mar 5, 2013 5:15 PM

    Pay him and Nicks now, cut Webster and give that money to JPP. Lock it down now! If they do well next year, Nicks and/or JPP will be priced out of NY.

  11. philk0731 says: Mar 5, 2013 5:42 PM

    Another Steve Smith. He’ll go to another team and never be heard from again.

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