On Wednesday, Justin Tuck gave his support to Victor Cruz in the contract negotiations with the New York Giants. Cruz was a no-show at the start of the Giants voluntary offseason workouts, as he has yet to sign a long-term contract with the team.
On Thursday, another Giant has given Cruz their public support in his ongoing efforts for a new contract, quarterback Eli Manning.
Jenny Vrentas of the Newark-Star Ledger talked to the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback and has said he wants his wide receiver with the club, but is doing what is necessary.
"He’s got to do what is in the best interests of him, and that’s usually staying away and putting pressure to try to get the deal done," Manning said.
The Giants placed a first-round tender on Cruz before the start of free agency, which would pay him around $2.879 million if he signed it, but is unlikely going to because he wants a long-term deal. Cruz has until Friday to receive an offer sheet from any of the other 31 NFL teams, in which the Giants could match it, or let Cruz leave and receive a first round pick in next week's 2013 NFL Draft.
It's unlikely that a team will want to want to make an offer, plus, Cruz has told his agents that he only wants to remain with the Giants long-term. Manning however, still remains confident that a deal will get done between the Giants and Cruz.
"I have a feeling I’ll see Victor here when the contract’s done," Manning said today in a press conference at Giants headquarters. "That’s my gut feel, and I could be wrong. If he’s back here earlier, then that will be a bonus."
Cruz did take part of the 2013 Manning Passing Academy last week along with Manning, Hakeem Nicks and Louis Murphy at Duke University to work on timing patterns and routes. We at Giants 101 felt that by Cruz taking part in the drills, it was a sign of good faith that Cruz wants to be a Giant.
But for right now, the 26-year-old Paterson native is not taking part of the Giants voluntary workouts, but he at least has the support of two of the Giants captains.
As of right now, the Giants have an offer out to Cruz that's worth more than $7-plus million per season with a substantial amount of guaranteed money in the deal. Paul Schwartz of the New York Post said that the Giants offer could be in the range of $29-36 million for five years with anywhere from $15-21 million guaranteed.
There have been reports that Cruz is looking for more money in a deal, but the Giants wide receiver has yet to publicly say whether that is true or not.
Either way, the contract negotiations between the two sides continue and once the deadline for the first-round tender passes, you might see agents Tom Condon and Jay Z work to broker a deal between the Giants and Cruz even sooner.
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