Once upon a time, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said a holdout would "never happen." Unfortunately, times change, and as he and General Manager Jerry Reese continue to do battle over terms to a new contract, the young Pro Bowl wideout is beginning to alter his tune a bit.
Shortly after Giants co-owner John Mara said the team "would not break the bank" for their star wide receiver, Cruz loosened his stance on a potential holdout, insinuating that it's now becoming a possibility.
"I have no answer to that," Cruz said when asked if he'd now consider a holdout.
A soon-to-be restricted free agent, the Giants will likely tender him if the two sides are unable to come to an agreement. Given his talent and rapid rise to fame, it's safe to assume that any tender would be of the first-round variety. Still, that doesn't protect the Giants from potentially losing Cruz, as a number of teams might be willing part with a high draft pick in order to sign the youngster long-term.
In the event they do make it to training camp and Cruz does decide to holdout, it will likely be short-lived. The fines for missing each day of camp add up quickly, and most athletes, even those with massive contracts, tend to get back on the field rather quickly, as opposed to paying large sums of money to sit at home and do nothing.
Still, it's too early to panic. The two sides are likely to come to a long-term, mutually beneficial agreement before any of this becomes a serious issue.
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