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Eli: Cruz has to do “what is in the best interests of him”

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Give Eli Manning credit for knowing when to say when.

The Giants quarterback said he knows why Victor Cruz isn’t at the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning, and doesn’t mind that he isn’t in April.

He’s got to do what is in the best interests of him, and that’s usually staying away and putting pressure to try to get the deal done,” Manning said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.

That stands in contrast to Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who said Cruz should show up for offseason conditioning as a show of “good faith,” before circling back on that stance days later.

Manning said he didn’t expect to see Cruz until the wide receiver and the team reached a long-term deal.

“I have a feeling I’ll see Victor here when the contract’s done,” Manning said. “That’s my gut feel, and I could be wrong. If he’s back here earlier, then that will be a bonus.”

Cruz worked out with Manning last week at Manning Passing Academy North (Duke University), and there’s no on-field work being missed at the moment.

And while Manning would obviously prefer having Cruz around, he’s also smart enough to stay out of another man’s business.

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16 Responses to “Eli: Cruz has to do “what is in the best interests of him””
  1. blacknole08 says: Apr 18, 2013 12:29 PM

    Eli is right and that sounded like an honest answer.

    Cruz has outperformed his contract, but with Nicks becoming a FA next year it’s going to be hard for the Giants to keep both. I’m sure that is what is stalling negotiations right now.

    It wouldn’t be selfish for Cruz to look out for #1 in this situation.

  2. jintsfan says: Apr 18, 2013 12:30 PM

    Once Friday roles around and there are no offers from other teams, hopefully Jerry will sweeten the pot a little bit and Cruz will sign 5 yr. deal so we can focus on Hakeem fro next yr.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 18, 2013 12:39 PM

    That team who didn’t make the playoffs and ended behind the Redskins in the NFC East? Oh that team? Oh. Zzzz.

  4. zaggs says: Apr 18, 2013 12:41 PM

    Course Eli also knows he won one Super Bowl with one set of receivers, and another with a completely different set. He’ll get it done with Cruz, or without Cruz.

  5. nobreak1269 says: Apr 18, 2013 12:44 PM

    Cruz deserves to be paid $10 million a year-with at least $15 million guaranteed.

  6. dbones750 says: Apr 18, 2013 12:50 PM

    2014 – Lock up Hakeem Nicks long term. Create a new Victor Cruz. Eli has the technology.

  7. ctgiant says: Apr 18, 2013 1:16 PM

    Nicks just answered reporters in NY, saying, “I don’t talk about contract stuff in the media, my agent handles that, so I’m just working out, and hope to be full speed at camp”.
    Nicks, is 25 years old, smart, quiet, and I’ll bet he gets it done under the radar, as he continues to repeat his answer, or will not take those questions again.
    My favorite Giant #88, the real #1 WR, bet on it!
    CT GIANT

  8. thefootballgodssay says: Apr 18, 2013 2:10 PM

    hey redskins fan that team has more super bowls than ur team

  9. snowman36 says: Apr 18, 2013 2:13 PM

    If it wasn’t for the new contact rules and not being allowed to hit a receiver until the ball is caught guys like Vic Cruz and miles Austin would be pedestrian receivers at best

  10. bigbluelou says: Apr 18, 2013 2:42 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Apr 18, 2013 12:39 PM
    That team who didn’t make the playoffs and ended behind the Redskins in the NFC East? Oh that team? Oh. Zzzz.
    ————————————————-
    Hope you enjoyed your 2012 NFC East Champions t-shirt. Too bad you don’t have the accompanying NFC Champion and Super Bowl Champion ones to go along with it. Oh. Zzzz.

  11. justintuckrule says: Apr 18, 2013 2:54 PM

    I just hope Eli don’t hold out when he sees Rodgers new contract. Ownership of lambeau in January puts Eli ahead

  12. cantgetenoughwp says: Apr 18, 2013 3:24 PM

    Here’s what Tuck said, according to PFT.

    “But for me, I think the biggest way to get things settled is to be there in good faith, I guess. But I can’t answer questions for Victor, he has to do what’s best for him. . .”

    So in the end he said Cruz has got to do what best for him. Just like Eli.

  13. thefootballgodssay says: Apr 18, 2013 3:35 PM

    the redskins have not watched their team win a playoff game in the HD ERA THAT IS JUST SAID #2013NFCEASTCHAMPSNYGIANTS

  14. bspurloc says: Apr 18, 2013 3:52 PM

    if Cruz sits out 10weeks he will find himself cut and Eli making another guy look good, when he isnt throwing the ball to the other team and getting delay of games….

  15. gpete1962 says: Apr 18, 2013 7:04 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Apr 18, 2013 12:39 PM
    That team who didn’t make the playoffs and ended behind the Redskins in the NFC East? Oh that team? Oh. Zzzz.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    RG’s knees are going to take the Dead Skins right back to the “Toilet Bowl” where they belong!

  16. siennaLilo says: Apr 18, 2013 11:41 PM

    Eli Manning is smarter than over 90% of these jokers.

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