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New York Giants’ Justin Tuck on Victor Cruz: “He Did the Smart Thing Signing the Tender”

June 25th, 2013 at 3:00 PM
By Doug Rush

'Victor Cruz' photo (c) 2011, scott mecum - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ On June 14, Victor Cruz temporarily ended his absence from the New York Giants when he reported to the Timex Performance Center and signed his first-round tender, which was for one year and $2.879 million.

If Cruz had not signed his tender, the Giants were able to lower the tender from $2.879 million all the way down to $630,000, but ultimately, Cruz is looking to sign a long-term deal with the Giants before the start of the 2013 season.

Currently, the Giants and Cruz remain approximately $1 million apart in negotiations, as the Giants are standing firm on their offer of $8 million, while Cruz is refusing to budge on his demands of $9 million.

On Monday, while attending the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic, Giants defensive end Justin Tuck spoke to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York and said Cruz did the right thing in signing the tender and should be the first step in getting the contract dispute between the two sides resolved.

"I really think that is going to expedite things," Tuck said at the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday. "I hope it does. Obviously, everybody wants to see Victor back and he is a huge part of our success. Hopefully everything works out and I think he did the smart thing." 

Before reporting to sign his tender almost two weeks ago, people were worried about Cruz's physical condition, as he has been absent from the Giants OTA's and mandatory mini-camp this past month, but Tuck said there was nothing to worry about in that aspect for Cruz.

"Everybody is going to talk about what he has done off the field this offseason," Tuck said. "He is enjoying the limelight that he has created for himself and I can't blame him for that. But I know his trainer and I know where he has been training every day. "I keep tabs on a lot of people," the defensive captain continued. "He will be ready to go. I am not even worried about it. And he has one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game. Those guys will be on the same page." 

The Giants training camp begins on July 26 and some have wondered if Cruz will decide to hold out or show up in East Rutherford and practice without a long-term contract. Mike Florio of NBC's Pro Football Talk reported that if Cruz were to hold out, he would report no later than August 6 because if he held out later than that day, he would lose a year of eligibility for free agency.

In an interview with Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, one NFL agent thinks that Cruz has lost a lot of leverage in the negotiations and has no other choice but to sign the Giants contract, which would make him a very rich athlete for a long time.

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9 Responses to “New York Giants’ Justin Tuck on Victor Cruz: “He Did the Smart Thing Signing the Tender””

  1.  giankees says:

    He had no choice but to sign. Giants hold all the cards on this one.

    Lbs: we have enough athletes to put aomething together. Not sure who will step up but between williams, rivers, curry, sabino, paysinger, moore and kiwi ( if ojomo and tracey are the real deal) butvthats enough speed and size for them to figure out something at olb and joker.

    Reese will probably not sign leach cause leach seems to be taking his time to see if anyone else could be interested and to see if he can land more money out of mia.i think that reese will be smart to pick him up for 1 yr and shelf ryno for the year to get healthy. Fb doesnt have to be young they dont rely on quickness as much as being able to lock in on a lb.

    Giants i feel will hold out as long as possible on wr contracts to see what they have in randle , murphy and jernigan. I think its a mistake for cruz not to take 7 million starting this yr cause he will be up nicks contract and i wouldnt want to be 2nd. Also if randle looks great and meyers and wilson are utilized in the ahort passing game this could hurt cruz. The longer he waits the more expendable he could potentially become.

  2.  CT GIANT says:

    Mr. tuck better “keep tabs” on his own workouts, and if he can turn things around, this defense could actually be something special, imo.
    Most often “it’s all about LB’s” questions about Tracy; Ojomo; Trattou; and how “the o-line works, with Pugh, etc.
    What this team needs is for just one player, to be a fire ball, vocal leader; maybe Rolle, maybe Tuck, even Webster, who should have a chip on his shoulder?
    Rolle does his best on the WFAN, and sometimes goes over the line, but aside from that his effort since he was signed has been outstanding.
    This is THE OLDEST team in the NFL, and hopefully there is enough leadership mixed with youth to make a serious run this year into the playoff’s, learned from last years game off game on play.
    CT GIANT

    •  Krow says:

      Just an observation from watching decades of football … but for many years the Giants were always one of the youngest teams in the league. Those were terrible years. And we were young because we never had any good players worth hanging on to. The turnover was constant. So there’s often a dark factor in having a youthful roster. And conversely having a old team isn’t always a negative.

      •  Krow says:

        To wax a little more about roster age … Diehl, Osi, Snee, and Eli were our 4 oldest players last year. Osi is gone … Snee is a solid starter … Diehl seems ready to finish his career as veteran depth … and then there’s Eli, franchise QB in his prime.

        So we’re not suffering because of our older players. In fact quite the opposite.

  3.  GeezUp says:

    When did Tuck become the official spokesman? Is it me, or has this guy been flapping about everything since the season ended? Enough already!

    •  norm says:

      Tuck obviously has every right to speak out publicly on whatever subject he pleases.

      And, to his credit, his comments of late appear to be far more on point than all the “Rosebud” pining-for-his-lost-innocence crap he frequently dished out last year.

      That said, as a fan I’d feel far more comforted if he were to greet all media inquiries with nothing more than stony silence and a glare. Or at least limit his responses to something along the lines of “I prefer not to comment on my team mates at this time – be it on their contract negotiations or anything else. As for what you can expect to see from me on the field in 2013: Just watch.”

      Doubt it happens, though. Tuck is in the final year of his contract. This could well be his last go-round in the NFL. The man needs to think about his future. Assuming a taciturn, hard guy persona at this stage may play well with us fans but I doubt it would make the folks who sign his paychecks at Subway real happy. Nor would it be likely to impress the suits at the Networks who may be considering him a suitable candidate for a color commentator role. So Tuck won’t be shutting up anytime soon.

  4.  Rich D says:

    I for one am tired of the Victor Cruz saga…..I really doubt there
    is much going on. I think the Giants have up’d the offer as much as
    they feel he’s worth and I believe Cruz is pricing himself off the team.
    If the offer of 8 million is correct then by playing for his tender amount
    he leaves approx. $5 million on the table. He would have to sign next year
    to at least $9 million per year over 5 years JUST TO BREAK EVEN.
    I just don’t see that happening here. Someone needs to wake this guy up
    because the NFL stands for “Not For Long”….Either way what ever he does
    it’s been fun watching him play…I’m a big fan but just tired of the saga.

  5.  demo3356 says:

    A KD Sighting on G101? My night is made..

  6.  Krow says:

    I’m just happy that Tuck isn’t dreaming of his boyhood days in Bunghole, Alabama … and how he can’t wait to leave all the fame and fortune of professional football behind.

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