With the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams all but out of the picture, Restricted Free Agent (RFA) wide receiver Victor Cruz appeared like a sure bet to return to the New York Giants. And he may still be, but then again, maybe not.
Late Saturday night, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay sent out some rather cryptic tweets that set the twitter world abuzz. And although that's nothing new for Irsay, the content of his tweets suggest something big is brewing and based on what little data is available, it appears like Cruz may (and we stress may) be the subject of his tweets.
"We're working on a deal; one we've been working on for five days. We're very, very close to making it work," Irsay tweeted. "Colt fans, hint – it's a wide receiver!"
As Pro Football Talk suggests, Irsay could be referring to some unrestricted free agent wide receivers like Darrius Heyward-Bey or Randy Moss, but his level of excitement, and the fact that he claims they've been working on the deal for five days, suggests it's more likely to be a RFA – and there are only two of those worth pursuing: Emmanuel Sanders and Victor Cruz.
The sign-and-trade idea has been one floating around the Internet for a few days, but gained some substance on Saturday night via Chuck Chapman of Colts 101 who informed Giants 101 that the rumor is making its way around Indy.
Despite all the signs pointing in that direction, there is one clear and blatant hang-up: if the Colts have truly been working on the deal for five days, it's unlikely to be Cruz, who has been agent-less. Because of his swap to Tom Condon, Cruz has been unable to negotiate with any teams until the new agent hire becomes official … and that doesn't occur until Monday.
Another distinct possibility is that the Colts and Arizona Cardinals are working out a trade for Larry Fitzgerald, but that's merely speculation on our part.
Giants 101 and Colts 101 will continue to monitor these rumors.
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