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New England Patriots Considered Making Huge Offer to New York Giants WR Victor Cruz

March 12th, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Casey Sherman

'Victor Cruz' photo (c) 2011, scott mecum - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ On Monday, as expected, the New York Giants placed a first-round tender (the highest tender possible) on their star wide receiver, Victor Cruz. A team can make Cruz an offer, and if the Giants don't match it, that team can sign him but at the price of a first-round pick (and the contract given to the player). Despite the high tender, teams are considering making him offers…including the New England Patriots.

The Patriots have run into problems re-signing their own star receiver Wes Welker, and who better to replace him with than the league's other top slot receiver? Cruz, like Welker, is seeking a multi-year deal. Both have proven to be extremely productive options, but the main difference is Cruz is five years younger with a great deal of football left in him. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Pats had seriously considered making Cruz a huge offer. However, now that Cruz has hired a new agent, Tom Condon, the Pats' interest appears to have lessened.

In addition to the Patriots' brief interest, the St. Louis Rams are one team reportedly interested in acquiring Cruz. After trades including Percy Harvin and Anquan Boldin, the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings are now possibly entering the market for the young super-star as well. The Vikings are the most interesting potential candidate now that they have two picks in the first-round and could easily spare one to give their young quarterback another weapon.

The Giants would have five days to match any offer made. Cruz had reportedly rejected a "substantial" offer from the Giants, and his chances of returning began to appear bleak. But now that he has hired a new agent who happens to also represent Eli Manning, it looks like his chances of staying a Giant are far more likely.

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Tags: Anquan Boldin, Eli Manning, Football, New England, New England Patriots, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Condon, Victor Cruz, Wes Welker

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18 Responses to “New England Patriots Considered Making Huge Offer to New York Giants WR Victor Cruz”

  1.  Remy says:

    Now that the 49ers have Boldin, Crabtree, and AJ Jenkins, there’s a chance Manningham may be trimmed from the roster to help them retain guys like Goldson. That $6M salary of Boldin’s didn’t help anything.

    So, if Manningham becomes available, how do we feel then? (don’t forget about the knee)

  2.  percellovesgiants says:

    Lets go giants, in the voice of the russian in the movie rounders, PAY THAT MAN HIS MONEY!!!!!

  3.  jfunk says:

    Where is the information coming from that the Patriots will no longer make Cruz an offer due to Condon?

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      It’s coming from the fact that Condon and the Patriots absolutely hate each other and do as little business together as possible.

    •  Krow says:

      My take … unsubstantiated … is that his dirtbag … errr agent … was shopping him like mad to other teams. And why not? That’s how agents get a rep and make the most cash. Not always good for the long term benefit of the players, but who cares about that? So he talked to several teams … told them he could get his puppet to walk. They were ready to buy in … when Cruz wised up and pulled the plug.

      Now with no collusion from a disreputable agent willing to sell out his client the odds of a deal are substantially lower. Why put in all the effort? So teams are less interested.

  4.  Krow says:

    I see Tiki has weighed in. The world was wondering what his take was.

  5.  tgowen says:

    If a team like NE signs Cruz do we get their 1st round pick this year or next? Also, how would that work with a team like Minnesota who has a couple of #1 picks

  6.  Krow says:

    And in the end I predict Cruz signs with us … for about $9.5 mil a year … 4 or 5 year deal.

  7. Dan BentonDan Benton says:

    UUT (gonna be a lot of this today, fellas and ladies).

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