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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Admits Victor Cruz Situation Has Become a “Concern”

April 30th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

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.

'Victor Cruz makes the catch' photo (c) 2011, Kathy Vitulano - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

"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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23 Responses to “New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Admits Victor Cruz Situation Has Become a “Concern””

  1.  JimStoll says:

    really unnecessary drama
    Cruz has no choice but to sign his tender or sign the contract (after completing negotiations)
    no way he holds out

  2.  demo3356 says:

    Cruz can
    A- sign his tender and play for the <3 million then hit FA next Summer
    B- Sign the more than fair deal JR's offering and have a great Career in NY with Eli
    C-Hold out and live off the sales of those Young Whales shirts..

    I'm thinking he goes B right before camp starts

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Yeah, I don’t see how his advisers could possibly allow him to hold out.

    JayZ has got to be telling him that would burn his brand equity in New York, costing him more money than any increase in salary will gain him.

    Condon has to be telling him that his somewhat weak last third of 2012 has to be decisively overcome in 2013 even if he wants to just play out his contract and then go to the highest bidder, because the last part of last season was not “$10MM-worthy”. And if he holds out until Week 11 he risks not just injury during the remaining games, but rustiness that could result in his not really improving his game tape enough to get him more than the Giants were going to pay him, thereby having cost himself some $5-6MM in 2013 and being no better off.

    His real options are to play under the tender and with as big an insurance policy as he can get from Lloyds (perhaps the premium could be financed by JayZ against future income), holding out only until July or August at the latest to escape camp tedium (and injury risk) but leave time to get his timing down with Eli; or sign the long-term contract.

    •  JimStoll says:

      you would think the reason he has yet to sign is that those giving him advice are counseling against
      they are likely telling him 1. play it out as long as possible to see just how badly the giants really feel they need you — mid-training camp?; 2. keep your face in the news — any publicity is good publicity even when it is bad publicity

      I find it hard to believe his agents would be telling him to sign anything and he would be resisting on his own

      •  stuh says:

        I agree, this is just posturing to get as much money as possible. I think he will sign before camp.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        You’re actually agreeing with me. I don’t consider what he’s doing “holding out” until we reach July 1. Until then he’s just avoiding camp like plenty of other RFAs have done before.

        But if he holds out beyond when camp really opens then I think he would be going against the advice he’ll probably get from his advisers. That would be bad business.

  4.  demo3356 says:

    Kujo and BBG- Pretty sure Austin Sticks barring another injury setback, but dont wager your G101 place on that. If you two leave, like 90% of my material goes out the window.. I’ll be down to bashing Krow for his Fruity Pebbles Tween avatars and Stoll for being the President of the Ankle Grabbers Society..

  5.  BillyS says:

    Cruz has 3 possible options, but the one where he’ll get the most money is if he signs the deal that is on the table now. If he holds out he could maybe get 1-2 mil more a year, but he will lose his image of the ‘golden boy’ in the eyes of fans. It’s hard for fans to forget, so if he does get his way and then doesn’t produce amazing numbers for the next few years then he’ll be castrated by fans. And let’s face it…once you lose the fans you lose the endorsements. And those endorsements are worth more than a few million dollars in the long run. Just sign that damn contract. It’s a FAIR deal. This is just making him look greedy as hell.

  6.  percellovesgiants says:

    I love cruz, but murphy will fill in nicely

  7.  Krow says:

    Cruz should test the free agency market. That strategy paid off huge for Osi.

  8.  Casey Sherman says:

    Regarding the Nassib pick… I don’t understand how we are expected to get a 2nd round pick for him in the next few years (as some are claiming we could), when he will NEVER see the field. In case people forgot, Manning doesn’t get hurt. How are teams supposed to see him in action in a meaningful regular season game when he won’t ever play in one? Of course there’s always the chance Eli gets injured but we have yet to see that happen. Also Manning is young enough that Nassib could play (sit) out his first contract before ever getting a chance, in which case why would he resign with the Giants when he hasn’t been given a chance to play, especially if Eli still has a couple years left in him at that point.

  9.  Krow says:

    Cruz loves publicity more than a Volkswagon full of Kardashians. Why should he sign until he’s milked the last bit of media suckfest out of it?

    We need to wake up and smell the coffee with Mr. Y. Whales. He effing loves the celebrity life. He eats it with a spoon. Living the dream. Fame … fortune … and Jay Z. His head is spinning. And with every rotation it gets a little bigger.

    From a football perspective this isn’t good … not at all. And I doubt he’s going to be a top performer for very long. The Giants are not his #1 priority. So we’d better have a backup plan. If not now then in a year or two. Because that’s how this sort of thing goes.

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    If our resident poster (I forgot the poster) was right then Cruz should be re-signing within another week or two. I forgot who gave the inside info but in the past those types of scoops have been correct.

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