As soon as news spread that Victor Cruz said his agents and the New York Giants were in agreement on the foundation of a contract, folks around here did two things: wait for the numbers and wonder how this will effect the looming negotiations with fellow wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
While it's great news for the Giants have Cruz in the fold for the long haul, and we'll be interested to see if this contract reaches the highest echelons of NFL stud wideout contracts (we doubt that it will), locking up Cruz is only half the picture.
Nicks, the first-round pick who has lived up to his draft status and proved to be one of the top-5 (ish) wide receivers in the game, will likely be in line for a bigger deal than Cruz. Nicks' rookie contract runs through 2013 (at a $2.425 million base in the final year) so there's a little more time to work on it.
One thing's for sure, the Giants won't roll into this offseason with Cruz' situation in the air. Just one of many things to check off Jerry Reese's long off-season to-do list.
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