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New York Giants Co-Owner John Mara “Confident” Deal Will Get Done with Victor Cruz

May 7th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

No, the New York Giants and restricted free agent (RFA) Victor Cruz have not yet agreed to a new deal. However, co-owner John Mara says the negotiations remain "slow and steady" and that he's still "confident" a long-term deal will get done.

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

"I'm pretty confident that we'll end up reaching a deal," Mara told NFL AM. "Victor is a star. … This is the right place [for him]."

In addition to fielding questions about Cruz, Mara also said "now is the time" for running back David Wilson, who is entering his second NFL season, to step up and lead the way.

"We expect big things," Mara said. " Now is the time."

Finally, Mara was asked about the strange selection of quarterback Ryan Nassib in the fourth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft. And like Director of College Scouting, Marc Ross, said at the time, Nassib was at the top of their draft board and there was too much value to pass up.

'We were shocked he was still there [on day three]," Mara said, adding that it's time to "groom" someone behind Eli Manning.

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Tags: David Wilson, Eli Manning, Football, John Mara, Marc Ross, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ryan Nassib, Victor Cruz

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4 Responses to “New York Giants Co-Owner John Mara “Confident” Deal Will Get Done with Victor Cruz”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    No to Aaron Curry. Kid’s a hack.

    I’d rather not keep picking up other teams garbage.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      He wouldn’t be given a roster spot and with our limited number of LBs he’s not even taking away reps from our younger guys. To me it’s a no risk gamble. If he’s a hack he gets cut like the DT Thomas did last year. It’s different than the Rivers move because with the draft pick used to get Rivers he was going to be on the roster. Curry wouldn’t be given any of that security and a minimum contract. For guys we could get at that price he’s about as talented as we could find at LB. I don’t see the difference in signing a player like him or taking a 7th flyer on a player with big upside.

    •  purorock says:

      I guess… but the Giants win Super Bowls or are in contention that way. Antonio Pierce, Kawika Mitchell, Keith Bullock, Michael Boley all serviceable and played well. I can’t wait for the day we draft some stud LB out of college in the 1st Round and he flops… then what would the argument be?

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Look we still need numbers at LB so it will continue to be a discussion. It’s possible Sabino steps up or a guy like Muasau but since we have general kept 7 LBs and would think to keep at least 6 questions are there in who will fill those spots. Obviously JR made his stance so we are likely not making a move other than a vet minimum type player if we do make one. Signing Curry to me is more a signal that Kiwi will not be a fulltime early down SLB. While I’m not excited about our MLBs the OLB group of Williams, Paysinger, Rivers, Sabino and Curry is intriguing. Each really provides the type of athleticism I think we need on the field even on early downs against today’s offenses. I also would hope that Williams, Paysinger or Rivers is now familiar enough with the defense to be our MIKE LB in nickel situations. I think my concerns at MLB with Conner or Herzlich are minimized if they are only 2 down LBs. I thought when Williams and Boley handled the nickel LBs in 2011 they were good and a combo of Williams and Rivers or Paysinger or Curry can provide.

    Also, I do wonder about Muasau earning a roster spot. He was hurt during preseason and didn’t really get a full look at him but the training camp reports were promising. He’s not going to be the starter this year but with our view of LBs he has the chance like Herzlich and Paysinger to be in the system and have a sot at some real time next year if he can make the roster.

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