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No Victor Cruz at Giants workouts

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Justin Tuck was disappointed on Monday.

The Giants defensive end said last week that he hoped wide receiver Victor Cruz would show up with the rest of the Giants on Monday for the start of offseason workouts as a show of “good faith” even though Cruz has not signed the restricted free agent tender the team gave him earlier in the offseason. As just about everyone expected, however, Cruz was not at the Giants facility on Monday.

The Giants did not announce which players were in attendance, but Mike Garafolo of USA Today spoke to a source who confirmed both Cruz’s absence and the team’s lack of surprise that he was not in the building. He’s been in the building several times over the course of the offseason, however, and Cruz has worked out with Eli Manning at Duke University recently, so this is hardly a sign that there’s great animosity between team and player.

Cruz wants a long-term deal from the Giants, something the team has shown interest in getting done as well. Until it is done or he decides to sign his tender, though, there’s no reason for Cruz to surrender what little leverage he has by showing up to voluntary workouts. That’s especially true with a few days left for other teams to make him offers, although that doesn’t seem likely given the lack of activity on that front to this point and the belief that Cruz’s main focus is on remaining with the Giants.

If and when Cruz signs his tender, Tuck and the rest of the Giants should expect him at workouts with the rest of the team. Otherwise, it’s a good bet that the salsa music in Jersey will be on hold until the situation is resolved.

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22 Responses to “No Victor Cruz at Giants workouts”
  1. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 15, 2013 1:47 PM

    If I’m Cruz, I’m not showing up till a long term deal is done. Undrafted free agent aka has not made anything decent by NFL standards. One injury in practice could cost him 8 figures.

  2. melkipershero says: Apr 15, 2013 1:47 PM

    Why would he show up? ACL’s can go on non contact just the same as contact. Stay home Victor.

  3. wrenches2pipes says: Apr 15, 2013 1:48 PM

    Manish Mehta saw him in Foxboro. He thinks.

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 15, 2013 1:54 PM

    Pierre Garçon > Your favorite WR not named Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald.

  5. melkipershero says: Apr 15, 2013 1:59 PM

    pierre garcon? the man who wont get his foot fixed? He’ll miss most of next year.

    AJ Green might have passed Fitz (only because of ARI qbs, or lack of qbs)

  6. patsfiend says: Apr 15, 2013 2:00 PM

    Last I checked, Pats had 2.5M open up in cap space for this upcoming year. Maybe they can slide it across the table to this fine UMASS product.

  7. justintuckrule says: Apr 15, 2013 2:01 PM

    Hold out until week 10 Victor. Coming from a Giants fan.

  8. gvboot says: Apr 15, 2013 2:04 PM

    I’m thinking vikes

  9. sadjetfan85 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:07 PM

    Pretty sure Giants fans are disappointed about JT’s performance on the football field during 2012.

  10. szwhtsup123 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:08 PM

    Salsa your way into rap hell with your buddy Jay Z and stop distracting our team

  11. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 15, 2013 2:17 PM

    Giants better hurry, clock is ticking and someone will pay this guy what hr deserves to be paid. Kinda shows just how bad the Giants organization is ran

  12. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:18 PM

    Don’t worry, he’s working out with Coach Shawn Carter.

  13. bookofelisha says: Apr 15, 2013 2:20 PM

    i could see this gettin ugly if its not resolved by training camp. giants should just kick his contract up to 8 mil a year let him sign and call it a day. but i wouldnt go either if i didnt get LT contract

    @illogical voice- atleast you admit finally P.G isnt the best WR..baby steps i guess to admitting to yourself redskins wont win a SB in your lifetime..or kids..or grandkids

  14. doomsdaydefensetx says: Apr 15, 2013 2:21 PM

    Wonder what that feels like? I imagine like a high school sweetheart doesn’t have much interest in you anymore lol don’t worry Cruz there are 31 more fish in the sea.

  15. logicalvoicesaysneedswaybettercrazypills says: Apr 15, 2013 2:31 PM

    @sanfranfan

    Ya the Giants front office is pretty bad. Maybe one day they will win something.

  16. themage78 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:34 PM

    Cruz, learn from history. Steve Smith didn’t take the money and he’s off playing for some 3rd rate team making minimum salary.
    Take the $7 Million per year the Giants are offering; you are not going to get better next year unless you do what you did the past two years and stay healthy doing it. Huge risk anymore in football. Try and eek $8mill a year, but ffs, sign the contract because it’s guaranteed money. Also you will make more in endorsements in NY than you will make in any other market.

  17. melkipershero says: Apr 15, 2013 2:41 PM

    Giants better hurry, clock is ticking and someone will pay this guy what hr deserves to be paid. Kinda shows just how bad the Giants organization is ran

    I mean really? They’ve won 2 Superbowls in recent memory.

  18. gpete1962 says: Apr 15, 2013 3:04 PM

    I don’t get Victors logic here?

    The Giants have offered him 5 year $35 million w/15 Mil guarantee. Making Victor the highest paid slot receiver in the league

    If Cruz declines and goes with the Tender offer for $2.8 mil ( stays healthy plus has a great year) and gets a franchise tag for next year at $10 mil that’s only $12.8 mil for his 1st 2 years, as opposed to $15 mil guaranteed.

    so lets chance losing $15 mil plus NY endorsements in the first 2 years and chance getting hurt or having a bad season to make less money?

    I don’t get it!!

  19. n0hopeleft says: Apr 15, 2013 3:05 PM

    sanfranfanyouknowit says:
    Apr 15, 2013 2:17 PM
    Giants better hurry, clock is ticking and someone will pay this guy what hr deserves to be paid. Kinda shows just how bad the Giants organization is ran

    __________________

    Yes it really shows how bad we are, considering we received Top 5 WR production from a guy making 500K per year for the last 2 years; plus a ring.

    That makes us really bad? Or incredibly smart.
    Your front office is the one who relied on Randy Moss and Michael Crabtree to win you a ring.. Who’s dumb now?

  20. censoredagain says: Apr 15, 2013 3:32 PM

    sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 15, 2013 2:17 PM

    Giants better hurry, clock is ticking and someone will pay this guy what hr deserves to be paid. Kinda shows just how bad the Giants organization is ran

    2 Super Bowls in 5 years. Yeah, they dont know what the hell they’re doing.

    Niner frontrunners. Gotta love ‘em

  21. bgm9876 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:18 PM

    whats he want to get cut?

  22. romoscollarbone says: Apr 15, 2013 6:27 PM

    Justin Tuck has some nerve putting VC out there like that. It’s a business where players get thrown away at the first hint of declining production or injury. He needs to hold out til he gets what he feels is his worth.

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