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New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Says There’s Been No Movement in Contract Talks

January 31st, 2013 at 9:30 AM
By Dan Benton

'Victor Cruz 2012 Shankbone' photo (c) 2012, David Shankbone - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ One of the New York Giants' top priorities this offseason is to come to a contractual agreement with wide receiver Victor Cruz, who is slated to become a Restricted Free Agent (RFA) in March. And although the two sides have periodically attempted to work on finalizing a new deal, they are no closer now than they were during the season when negotiations were initially tabled.

While appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday morning, Cruz revealed that there has been no progress, and that he and his agent are patiently waiting for the Giants to return with a counter-offer.

"We're just waiting for them to come back to us," Cruz said. “I’m not getting antsy at all … I know they have to come around at some point.”

Ross Tucker, a host of the show, suggested to Cruz that he immediately holdout and refuse to play a single down until a new contract is reached. It's something Cruz has stated several times he will not do, and that drew praise from former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, who said it speaks volumes about the type of man Cruz is.

This, of course, is not to say things can't change. If these negotiations drag out, Cruz's agent may put pressure on the young wide receiver, suggesting he holdout until something is done. There is also a chance the Giants lose Cruz via free agency if some team comes up huge with an offer Jerry Reese & Co. won't or can't match.

The situation isn't dire yet, but time is rapidly ticking away to get something done.

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19 Responses to “New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Says There’s Been No Movement in Contract Talks”

  1.  kujo says:

    Sign him.

  2.  Krow says:

    To avoid injuring tender sensibilities I will now use the following words in place of ones deemed too brutal for the delicate psyches of readers of a football blog …

    G_A_Y will now become g-eh … there is no Canadian reference here. I’m sure there are many fine g-ehs up north. Deal with it canucks. Ya hosers.

    H0m0se-x-ual is hereby Romosxual … in tribute to the g-ehest team in America. The only one that reminds us of the Village People. And I’m not even talking about wearing chaps and a cowboy hat. Seriously … c’mon. So g-eh.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    Repost:

    I think Jfunk hit the nail on the head. While many have been harsh on JR for not selecting first round LB type talent even in hindsight in the past 5 years what LB would you take over the picks we made? Laurianitis over Nicks or Witherspoon over JPP? Please. Maybe there’s been a 2nd or 3rd round guy that could have helped but even in the second round save for Sintim and Austin we have gotten really good players. Goff was the pick that I think could have held down MLB at a good enough level for a while if he didn’t get hurt. That happens. And Sintim never had a fair shot making the transition he was with the injuries he had. Dillard was his only poor LB pick. Guys like Jones and Kiehl were good enough to contribute and be decent backups. Given they were drafted late that’s not bad at all. LB struggles have mainly come from lack of resources. I think this year like RB last year JR makes an early round investment to improving the LB position.

    •  jfunk says:

      To expand, our first picks and the next available LBs of note:

      2007 – Ross – Beason
      2008 – Phillips – Lofton
      2009 – Nicks – Laurinatis
      2010 – JPP – Weatherspoon
      2011 – Prince – Ayers?
      2012 – Wilson – Upshaw? Kendricks?

      I don’t think there’s a pick there you can say was “wrong”. I’m sure some would gladly take Beason over Ross right now (when was the last time Beason was on the field though?) but I don’t think that holds true at the time. The 2007 Giants probably don’t win the Superbowl without Ross.

      •  kujo says:

        Don’t just limit this to 1st round picks. We’ve routinely taken “what if’s” in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, at the expense of linebackers and offensive linemen. I’d trade Austin, Jernigan, Barden and Chad Jones for ONE superb interior linemen. it could have been done, but Reese felt those guys were better deals at the time.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          Only Austin (so far) and Sintim have been bad second round picks. The second round picks would be pretty similar to first round picks. Your really talking 3rd round where JR missed a chance at a good LB or interior OL. It seems that if JR has had any draft issues it’s the 3rd-5th round. That happens to most GMs but JR definitely could have done better the last 5-6 years in those rounds.

  4.  Krow says:

    Cruz … it’s always difficult when we try to assess what’s happening in a contract negotiation. No one is going to say anything of substance. It’s all spin from one angle or another. At least it’s still civil, which is good.

    Also … unless the money is drastically different Cruz is a total fool to leave the NYC area. He’s a local boy, and the non-football opportunities are amazing. Besides, who else but NYC folks would buy those ridiculous fugly shirts of his?

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Cruz is only a RFA, that’s what makes this more complex. A team is only going to sign him for so much having to give up a pick. But if Cruz if willing to play one more year on a tender deal he could make Vincent Jackson type of money on the open market. Of course he has to give up some money for the extra security of re-signing now but how much is fair for him to give up?

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    Kujo – So just give him something like 5 years 40-45 mil? I don’t agree. With Nicks a free agent after 2013 this becomes very complicated. I assume Nicks is #1 between the two WRs so you can’t just give in the Cruz because it could make Nicks impossible to re-sign.

    But given the deals other WRs like Brown from Pitt, Garcon and Vincent Jackson have signed for what Cruz is seeking is not unreasonable. That’s what makes this negotiation extremely tough IMO.

  6.  LUZZ says:

    Reese has the leverage in this one and I think he should use every bit of it. I would try and get Cruz at a very Giants friendly deal.

  7.  Samardzija says:

    Speaking of Teo, I wouldnt have taken him in round one even before the “scandal”. Id rather we stayed clear of him all together now. Bengals round one, calling it now

  8.  Chad Eldred says:

    There is a positive theme to today’s stories, even thought they are ostensibly not feel good pieces. Cruz and Bennett are both proving to be level-headed, classy guys. Particularly of note, is Bennett, who had a reputation, deserved to some extent, early in his career for being a bit of an idiot.

    Get the Cruz thing done. I know it’s business, but there is a business benefit to establishing goodwill with your players. Rewarding Cruz with a contract as opposed to tendering him would be a great way to show that honoring your deal and not airing your contract saga to the media will be rewarded. It could foster better cooperation for future deals of this nature.

    •  jfunk says:

      The only thing Bennett ever did wrong in Dallas was fail to dive in front of Jason Witten to catch more passes that weren’t targeted at him.

      The guy was a near-perfect blocker for the Cowboys during his time in purgatory. I simply refuse to believe it is possible for him to have accomplished that with a lousy work ethic. Blocking is a far more thankless job than catching TDs and would be much more difficult for a lazy, bad seed type to get himself “up” for.

      The only bad words ever spoken about him came from the mouths of Dallas front office people and random Cowboys fans repeating those words. I think their track record for such things speaks for itself. I did some reading on a few Cowboys message boards when Bennett was available last year and there were plenty of their more level headed fans that weren’t buying the BS on him either…they were sad to see him go.

      •  Chad Eldred says:

        That’s not entirely true. The “black olympics” video spoof that Bennett put out was maligned by many outside of the Cowboy camp. I’m not debating the merits of what he did, but there was a lack of judgement and maturity in putting out material for public view that could be construed as insensitive. The same lack of judgement that he now recognizes when he sees it exhibited by others. I think that Bennett, and most everyone for that matter, deserves a reset period somewhere in their 20′s. My judgement at that age was far from perfect. However, it’s inaccurate to say that Bennett didn’t bring controversial upon himself in Dallas. Forgivable stuff? Absolutely. I’m thrilled that he has been a Giant and truly hopes he is back next year and beyond.

  9.  fanfor55years says:

    What I’ve seen of T’eo has not impressed me. Is he that much better than Herzlich can be? I don’t think so. I’d only take him if it was with our third pick, if then. I may be very wrong about the kid, but I don’t think he’s anything special.

    As for Cruz, a lot depends upon what can be done regarding the following: signing Bennett; evaluations of offensive linemen who are currently “in development” or likely to be available to us in the draft; and whether the scouts really like a few receivers whom Reese thinks can be picked after the third round.

    If Bennett is signed then even if Cruz leaves after 2013 Eli will have at least three excellent receiver targets (Nicks, Randle, Bennett) and a true two-way weapon in either of Wilson and Brown, plus a slot receiver (Jernigan or someone who is drafted this April or next) groomed to replace Cruz. Add a “good” rather than “okay” offensive line and the Giants would have plenty of offense even in Cruz’s absence. If that’s the case then JR is going to play hardball. And he should. I love Cruz. Great story, excellent player, perhaps the best slot receiver in the NFL. But by 2014 I think he’s the third best receiver on the Giants, with Nicks and Randle ahead of him.

    A great offense needs two “home run hitters”. In 2012 Cruz was our only one except when Wilson was given his limited opportunities. In 2013 we’ll have Nicks, Cruz and Wilson. In 2014 we’ll have Nicks, Wilson and in all likelihood a slot receiver (Cruz, Jernigan or someone else). Far better retaining Cruz, but not an absolute necessity. And the cold-blooded Jerry Reese knows exactly that. Cruz is not going to be overpaid at the risk of losing Nicks or Amukamara soon thereafter.

  10.  clever username says:

    @JFunk – you’re right, we don’t win in 2007 without Ross. in fact, we don’t win last year without him either.

    re: Cruz — (disclaimer – i love Cruz and hope they work out a good deal, but) he is NOT a top priority for us right now. we can have all the skill position players you want, and it won’t make a lick of difference if you don’t have a stacked O-line. you can throw numbers at me all you want, but last i checked, Steve Smith is still our record holder for receptions in a season, and since he left NY, probably doesn’t have 5 catches. Cruz had at least 3 concussions this past season, and in his position and his size, he’ll be susceptible for more. he hasn’t been able to shake the dropsies. i’m not saying that we’re not better with him, but i am saying that we’d be better off without him if he’s gonna cost $10mil/yr. go back and watch the playoffs from last year — Nicks was far and away the best WR out there, and we need to make sure HE sticks around. all season long, Nicks was getting double teamed and Cruz was the one to benefit. With Nicks getting injured this year and Cruz getting the attention, he disappeared in many big games and didn’t “hit as many home runs” as he did when Nicks was the center of attention. Nicks’s injuries are all ones that you can recover from and be 100% of the player he was.
    right now, we need to be more concerned about Beatty, and probably even Bennett. if Cruz can compromise to the tune of $6mil/yr or so, it’s a no brainer. but for V-Jax money, i’ll take the 1st round pick and extra cap space. after all, he’s really just a great slot receiver. I really believe that if given the chance, JJern can succeed in the slot. not at the same level as Cruz, but with the money to add other support in more important positions, such as O-Line, LB, and CB. it would make the TEAM better.

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