Giants coach Tom Coughlin has admitted to concern about wide receiver Victor Cruz’s absence from the team’s voluntary offseason workouts, but he’s the only guy associated with the Giants willing to let anyone see them sweat.
General Manager Jerry Reese has been keeping cool about things and owner John Mara shares Reese’s opinion that the standoff with the restricted free agent is just part of the business. Cruz’s absence doesn’t seem to be causing him any worry and hasn’t done anything to temper his belief that the team will wind up reaching a deal with Cruz on a long-term contract.
“I’m pretty confident that we’ll end up reaching a deal with (Cruz),” Mara said on the NFL Network. “This is not that atypical a situation. Player contracts, particularly with star players like Victor, can tend to drag on from time to time. I think we’ll get it done. This is the right place for him to play. He’s a star in this area, he’s an important part of our team, and I think we’ll eventually get a deal done, but it’s just a process that you have to go through. And we’re going through it right now. There’s communication, and it’s slow but steady, and I think at some point we’ll reach a deal.”
The Giants have reportedly offered deals in the $7-8 million per year range while Cruz is thought to be looking for upwards of $10 million annually. That’s a sizable enough gap before even getting into guarantees, but the steady part of the communications between the two sides shows there’s a desire to bridge those gaps on both sides. It might not happen, but there’s no chance of it happening without communication.
The Giants have their mandatory minicamp from June 11-13, just before they can slash Cruz’s restricted free agent tender offer to $630,000 on June 17. If those dates pass without a deal, we might start to hear a different tune from Mara but it is hard to imagine any change before that point.