Last April, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said that the word holdout wasn’t in his vocabulary and that he didn’t even know what the word meant.
Perhaps that explains his response to a question from the New York Daily News about whether or not he’d consider a holdout in the extremely likely event the Giants placed a restricted free agent tender on him this offseason.
“I have no answer to that,” Cruz said.
It seems more likely that Cruz knows the word and didn’t answer because he didn’t want to return fire after owner John Mara said that Cruz was asking for too much money as part of the long-term extension that Cruz is seeking. It would be silly to think that it isn’t something Cruz is considering with the offseason approaching and Mara making the Giants’ position very clear.
It’s the only leverage Cruz has at the moment, although, as we learned with Mike Wallace last year, it’s not the most overwhelming leverage of the year. Cruz could sit out an entire season, but he wouldn’t accrue the year he needs to become an unrestricted free agent in 2014.
As we said when writing about Mara’s comment, it’s far too early to read much of anything into the posturing on both sides. There’s plenty of time to work out a deal, even if Cruz might have reason to feel antsier than he did earlier in the week.