New York Giants wideout Victor Cruz was not as productive this season as he was during his explosive 2012 campaign. Cruz has nearly 500 less receiving yards on just as many receptions as he did a year ago. He has been a productive, indispensable aspect of the offense, but Cruz hasn't portrayed the big play ability that the Giants thrived on in 2011. Despite his decreased production, Cruz has far outplayed the $540,000 contract that he played under this season.
Although several reports indicated that Big Blue was working in season with Cruz on a new deal, nothing has come of it to this point. Cruz will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, which will enable other teams to put an offer sheet on the table. Obviously, he still wants to remain a member of the Giants. However, he's not frustrated at the pace of the negotiations.
"It's still the same," Cruz said. "As of right now, at least, it's still the same so it's just a matter of getting the numbers right and all that stuff that goes on with this type of negotiation. I'm just being patient, man. I'm in no rush. I'm going to go and enjoy this last game. Hopefully enjoy this playoff berth, if not, enjoy the Pro Bowl and just relax a little."
The Giants absolutely need to find a way to sign Victor Cruz. But it's imperative that there is money left over for Jason Pierre-Paul and Hakeem Nicks as well. This team has a cornerstone of young talent that has the ability to bring more championships to New York. The earlier a deal is worked out, the less chance there is of some other team dropping a huge offer sheet on the table. Expect to see these negotiations move swiftly at the conclusion of the season.
It's also good to hear somebody other than Tom Coughlin talking about winning this football game on Sunday. There's been so much talk about what this team has done wrong this season, the many lose sight of the fact that they are still alive in the playoff race. It's not out of the question that an injured Bears team drops one on the road to the Lions, the Packers beat the Vikings and RG3 and Co. defeat the Cowboys at home. The Giants have to do their part against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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