The Giants’ owners have been talking quite a bit about restricted free agent receiver Victor Cruz, with John Mara saying he wants Cruz back and Steve Tisch saying he thinks Cruz will get an offer from another team.
But the man who will ultimately make the decision about how much the Giants pay Cruz next season, or whether he remains on the Giants at all, has decided to stay quiet on the matter.
Giants General Manager Jerry Reese told Mike Florio that he is simply going to stay quiet about Cruz and let the situation play out.
“Well, first of all Mike, with respect to Victor Cruz, the things I can say about Victor is he’s a terrific young man and he’s a terrific football player, but other than that, it’s really inappropriate for me to talk about, you know, what his contract situation is and what might happen, you know. We’re just hoping for the best,” Reese said.
When Florio followed up about whether the Giants would have the cap space necessary to match a front-loaded offer from another team, Reese again declined to answer.
“I’m not going to talk about Victor Cruz, OK? It’s inappropriate for me to talk about it and it really doesn’t make sense for me to do that,” Reese said.
Cruz will probably stay with the Giants because restricted free agents almost always stay with their teams: The last time a player tendered at the first-round level signed an offer sheet was 10 years ago, when receiver Laveranues Coles left the Jets for the Redskins. But Reese isn’t going to speculate publicly about what might happen.