It's been reported that the Giants have a "very generous" offer on the table for Cruz, with a deal that would pay the Paterson native in excess of $7-plus million per season and a very good chunk of guaranteed money. There has been no official word yet on if Cruz has declined the offer or not, but recent reports suggest the Giants star wideout could be looking for more.
Papa suggests the lingering standoff hinges on the guaranteed money and that Cruz is seeking more than General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. are currently offering. And although this is mere speculation on behalf of Giants 101, it would seem Cruz and his new agent, Tom Condon, are looking for a Mike Wallace-type guarantee of $27 million.
Shortly after that story got published, Cruz went on his Twitter account and posted a message to all of his followers.
"Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. Now back to
#CruzDayTuesday," he tweeted.
What to make of Cruz's mysterious message on Twitter? There are three ways you can look at the tweet.
- Cruz is just breaking out random quotes, like many others do on Twitter or Facebook accounts.
- He heard he's looking for more money, and it's not true.
- Public-facing (and name-saving) negotiation tactics.
Some Giants fans are getting the perception that Cruz is becoming more and more greedy through these contract negotiations with the Giants, but that may not be the case at all. In Benton's story on Giants 101, Bob Papa of Sirius Radio and WFAN was the one who speculated on the money intended for Cruz not being enough in the deal.
At the time of the Giants placing the first-round tender on Cruz, which was the start of free agency, Cruz hired his new agent, Tom Condon, a very familiar name for the Giants. Condon, of course, is the agent of current Giants Eli Manning, Mathias Kiwanuka and Mark Herzlich and negotiated all of their deals with the team.
Cruz has until April 19 to sign an offer sheet from another team. If not, then he has to decide on if he plays 2013 with a one-year deal for $2.879 million or waits until after the 2013 season, where he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Stay tuned to Giants 101 for further updates on the continuing contract negotiations between the Giants and Cruz.
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