Giants in “slow but steady” communication with Victor Cruz

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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.

17 responses to “Giants in “slow but steady” communication with Victor Cruz

  1. If Cruz wants Super Bowl rings he should sign with the Redskins next year. But probably won’t make sense for the Redskins to add Cruz as a backup because they already have enough superstar receivers.

  2. This is another person Mara has told teams that if they go after him that Mara will make sure their salary cap is $50 million.

  3. Come to Washington, Victor! You’re underappreciated in NYC. Hang out with us and we’ll all do the salsa dance with you while you catch twenty touchdown passes from RG3 next year (and a couple from Kirk Cousins). Then we can all have fun while as we make John Mara cry an throw a temper tantrum together.

  4. @logicailvoicesays: Shut Up already, you had your Short Run but us Giants Fans know you’re going to be Irrelevant this year. Pierre Garcon will play half the season and even if he does he’s at best a 2nd Tier WR, No where near Elite or Top 3 as you say. Second: You guys won the Division and don’t have nothing to Show for it and a bunch of Excuses. #EpicFail

  5. 4 Time Superbowl Champions and the only team in NFL history with a Superbowl in four consecutive decades. 86, 90, 08 & 11. DREAM ON.

  6. I know you guys are still pretty happy about getting hot at the right time, twice, slipping into the playoffs twice and slipping past the post-Tapegate Patriots twice. But not only we we keep you out of the playoffs in 2012 but you also missed the playoffs in three of the past four years. So, calm down and get over yourselves.

    And, Cruz, if you want a team who will not only appreciate you but that is on the upswing – come to DC! You’ll still get to hang out with and console your buddies from the Meadowlands after we beat them twice a year.

  7. He should have joined the Vikings if he wanted to win a few superbowls..AP + Jennings + Victor Cruz would be a dynamic trio #SkolVikings

  8. “I know you guys are still pretty happy about getting hot at the right time, twice, slipping into the playoffs twice and slipping past the post-Tapegate Patriots twice.”

    … and I almost forgot the Scott Norwood missed chip shot field goal that gave you the Championship back in 1990. The Giants are the greatest team ever.

  9. For Christ’s sake you’d think summer vacation had started for the junior high schools in NY & DC.

  10. I’m a little concerned if they don’t get a deal done before the season starts. If he becomes a UFA at same time as Nicks (and Joseph), it will be tough. I doubt G-Men will franchise either (cap concerns).

  11. Cruz isn’t going anywhere. If he was worth more than what the Giants were offering another team would have got him in FA. Shut the hell up already.

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