Just earlier today, the Minnesota Vikings traded wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for a 1st, a 4th (in 2014) and a 7th round draft choice. This, of course, has several implications around the league, including a potential impact on the New York Giants.
Primarily, that dealing away a first-round draft selection for a top flight wide out is not out of the question. Secondly, the Minnesota Vikings now have themselves an extra first-round draft choice.
The Giants have (see: will) tendered Victor Cruz at the first-round level, meaning that he will receive a one-year contract worth $2.87 million with the Giants barring a deal with another team. If, however, another team wants to sign him they have to give up a first-round draft choice and offer Cruz a contract he wants.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf grew up a Giants fan. He grew up in Hillside, New Jersey and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in nearby Teaneck, New Jersey in the 1960s and 1970s. It is not all that tough to envision Wilf wanting to steal away a up-and-coming star in the league away from the team he grew up loving.
The San Francisco 49ers also have a bevy of draft selections (15) to play around with, and already stole away one of the Giants premier receivers last year in Mario Manningham. The St. Louis Rams have also been mentioned as possible suitors who are likely to make a "strong push" for the young star.
Though the Giants seem comfortable having the fallback option of placing the tender on Cruz, the fact that Percy Harvin was just traded for a number of draft picks (including a 1st) should give the Giants pause.
Ultimately, we believe Cruz will do his best to use any potential "offers" from other teams in his negotiations with the Giants. He does not have much leverage, so he is going to squeeze out every drop that he can while some exists.
It will be interesting to watch this saga play out over the coming weeks and months.
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