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.
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