Good news, New York Giants fans. Neither the St. Louis Rams nor the Minnesota Vikings, who just signed Greg Jennings, are expected to pursue restricted free agent (RFA) wide receiver Victor Cruz, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Although this doesn't indicate an elimination to a potential market for Cruz, it certainly does cripple it. With RFA signings a rarity in the NFL as it is, having the two teams most likely to sign him eliminated from the mix all but ensures he'll be a member of Big Blue in 2013 – even if he and his agent aren't particularly happy with the terms of the tender (assuming, of course, a long-term deal is not reached).
Other teams rumored/connected to Cruz were the Denver Broncos, who recently signed Wes Welker, and the New England Patriots, who have signed Danny Amendola and are working on a deal with Brandon Lloyd. Other potential suitors, like the San Francisco 49ers, have already invested heavily in other areas, and even with a multitude of draft picks, seem unlikely to seriously pursue Cruz because of the substantial deal it would take to lure him away.
Again, there's still a long way to go before this situation resolves itself, and that likely includes some unforeseen twists and turns. However, this news is about as good as the Giants and their fans could have hoped for.
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