Both the New York Giants and wide receiver Victor Cruz wanted to workout a long-term deal before the 2012 season ended. Unfortunately, that didn't happen and talks between the two sides were cut off as they were too far apart on a deal.
"It got tabled for a couple weeks, mainly because of the two sides agreeing to disagree at the same time," Cruz said on his weekly radio spot with WFAN. "So it had been tabled for a couple weeks, but now that the season’s over and the statistics are what they are, I think we’re going to get back and pick up the pen again and see what we can do."
With the 2012 season now in the history books, the two sides plan to resume their talks, and General Manager Jerry Reese said on Monday that "everything is on the table" in these negotiations. However, he wouldn't rule out the possibility of tendering the soon-to-be restricted free agent (RFA). But Cruz remains hopeful and confident the two sides can come together on a long-term deal; a long-term deal that is expected to seek $8-$10 million per year.
"I feel comfortable where we’re at," Cruz said. "I think I’ve done enough to show them I’m a good guy on and off the field, and that I’ve done everything positive up until this point to prove that I’m somebody that the organization will want to keep around for a long time. So I’m comfortable in that, I’m positive things will come around and a positive outcome will come out of all this.’’
To some extent, Cruz proved that his 2011 season wasn't a flash in the pan. He ended the year with 86 receptions for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was also voted to his first Pro Bowl. But, there were also times where Cruz vanished, including a slump at the end of the season where he caught only 10 passes for 88 yards over the final three games.
It's clear that he's at his best with a healthy Hakeem Nicks opposite him, so the Giants have to make sure they don't back themselves into a corner with one by overpaying for the other. It's a very fine line that Jerry Reese will need to walk carefully.
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