On Monday, New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese said he remains "hopeful" that a deal between Big Blue and wide receiver Victor Cruz can get done. That, of course, is a far cry from what co-owner John Mara said a few weeks ago when he assured the world a deal "would get done." But now, head coach Tom Coughlin is beginning to become bothered by the ongoing negotiations and, for the first time, admitted some "concern" over the lack of progress.
"It has to be a concern because when the restricted free agency period is over, you would hope that things would move fast. What we want is exactly what I said the other day. We want a win-win. We want Victor to be proud to be a New York Giant, proud of his contract," Coughlin said during a WFAN interview.
The Giants have reportedly made a number of efforts to sign Cruz, including a recent offer that's said to be worth nearly $8 million annually and between $15 – $18 million guaranteed. Unfortunately, Cruz and his agent, Tom Condon, continue seeking a deal worth closer to $10 – $11 million annually with upwards of $21 million guaranteed.
"The New York Giants want him back as badly as we've ever wanted anybody," Coughlin said, "And so we like the thing to be settled and over with and we wish it would be that way so that he could be in here working with the quarterback in the offseason. And the sooner it gets settled, the better off we will be."
Cruz has skipped voluntary offseason workouts, which began on April 15th, and does not appear any closer to reuniting with the team. However, with his options dwindling, he's limited to only three choices: sign his one-year RFA tender worth $2.879 million, sign the massive multi-year contract being offered or holdout.
Thus far, Cruz has decided to go with the latter most option, instead spending much of his time on branding and endorsement deals — although, to be fair, he is admittedly working out away for his coaches and teammates.
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