We saw Percy Harvin get traded from the Minnesota Vikings to the Seattle Seahawks for a first-round pick this offseason, which had many thinking, why wouldn't a team give up the same compensation to sign New York Giants WR Victor Cruz who is a restricted free agent?
A team can make Cruz an offer sheet, and if the Giants don't match that offer, the team will have to give up a first-round pick to sign him. The idea of a team surrendering a first round pick for a young, proven receiver doesn't seem all that farfetched, especially for the teams selecting late in the first round, causing many Giants fans to hold their breath. So how strong is the possibility of a team making Cruz an offer? ESPN's Adam Schefter has an answer.
A team would not only have to give up a first rounder, but also make an expensive expensive offer to Cruz in the ballpark of $8 to $9 million a year, that the Giants could still match. It has been reported that the Giants have made an offer to keep Cruz for $7 million a year.
Cruz and his agent Tom Condon will continue to work on a contract with the Giants to keep him with the team long term. Teams have till April 19 to make an offer. If the Giants can't come to an agreement with Cruz, and no teams make an offer, Cruz can sign his tender ($2.879 million) to stay with the Giants for this season, and become an unrestricted free agent next off-season.
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