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New York Giants’ Victor Cruz May Still Holdout Despite Signing RFA Tender: Report

June 14th, 2013 at 12:05 PM
By Dan Benton

'Victor Cruz' photo (c) 2011, scott mecum - license: Are you one of the many celebrating Victor Cruz's decision to sign his one-year, $2.879 restricted free agent (RFA) tender offer from the New York Giants? Well, don't get too excited just yet. Despite the fact that Cruz can now be fined $30,000 per day for each day of a training camp holdout, a source tells Pro Football Talk that such a situation may arise.

"Fresh on the heels of the news that Giants receiver Victor Cruz will sign today his one-year, $2.879 million restricted free agency tender while still trying to get a long-term deal, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that a training-camp holdout is still possible," Mike Florio wrote.

It would be very shocking to see Cruz holdout after signing this tender, especially when you consider how quickly the daily fines can tally up. But, if the two sides can get close on an agreement by the time training camp starts in late July, holding out a few days prior to it being finalized would make some sense. In that scenario, Cruz would eliminate the possibility of getting injured as the two sides hash out any remaining details.

Still, any sort of holdout seems far-fetched, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that Cruz will, in fact, be attending Giants training camp. And, of course, that would seem to make the most sense. After all, why immediately muddy the waters after you've taken the first step to clearing them?

Cruz says he and his camp will continue to negotiate a long-term deal with the Giants, although many media reports suggest the two sides are not at all close.

And for mathematical purposes, Cruz could, technically, holdout for 75 days before the fines exceed the tender amount. But, as we've mentioned numerous times, that scenario seems far-fetched.


Tags: Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Victor Cruz

10 Responses to “New York Giants’ Victor Cruz May Still Holdout Despite Signing RFA Tender: Report”

  1.  BillyS says:

    No more Cruz. For the love of God trade him or something. I’m beyond sick to death of him. I get that he wants his $$, but he needs to realize that there is only so much to go around! Remember when Brandon Jacobs took less $$ so they could keep Bradshaw? Cruz should just do the same so they can keep Nicks as well. It’s not like they’re trying to low balls Cruz. $7-8 mil is actually *gasp* fair value! Just take the money and play. Stop with these petty holdouts. He’s no longer a fan favorite, that’s for sure.

  2.  norm says:


    Sure; why not?

    Mr. Cruz has a lot on his plate and a man needs to prioritize.

    That Young Whales gear ain’t gonna sell itself, y’know.

  3.  norm says:

    The Victor Spoils tee by Young Whales is now on sale for $20, marked down 55% from it’s original price of $45. The shirt is a play on the “to the victor go the spoils” Latin proverb, which is ironic that NFL star Victor Cruz co-owns Young Whales. Many call this shirt the Victor Cruz shirt, be sure to get yours now while supplies last!

    •  rlhjr says:

      Dear God, I would have to be paid to ware that design. I mean that’s really sad sack.

  4.  TuckThis says:

    I too can’t listen to another minute of this. I’m beyond sick of the story and beyond sick of Cruz. Hold out so he won’t get injured? My a$$. When they tell you it’s not about the money…it’s always about the money. I understand he wants his payday, but I guess HIS money is more important than being able to pay and field a winning team. Maybe he didn’t notice that last year when Nicks wasn’t around, he didn’t quite have a stellar year.

    •  rlhjr says:

      I put this story line on ignore a few months aga. And I am proud to say it has remained in that status to this day. And it will ever be that way. I just can’t bring myself to care.

  5.  norm says:

    After the infamous Fumble in 1978, fed up Giants season ticket holders gathered outside the stadium prior to the next home game, tossed their tickets into a roaring bonfire, and hired a plane to fly over the stadium toting a banner which read: “15 Years of Lousy Football — We’ve Had Enough.”

    With the Young Whales line now in its fifteenth month of existence, there exists a golden opportunity for latter day Giants fans who are fed up with the Cruz saga to take a page out of their predecessors’ playbook.

    Here’s the plan:

    1) Buy vast quantities of Young Whales clothing (shouldn’t be too expensive; see above)

    2) Pile it up outside Met Life stadium, douse with gasoline, apply lit match.

    3) Hire plane to fly overhead trailing a banner which reads: “15 Months of Lousy Fashion — We’ve Had Enough.”

  6.  JimStoll says:

    unnamed source?

  7.  norm says:

    What do you get when you get when you mix the UC Santa Cruz Mascot and the Planters peanut man? – Victor Cruz’s logo on his Young Whale line.

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