New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was thrilled to hear that Big Blue had locked wide receiver Victor Cruz up for another six years on Monday. However, like us here at Giants 101, his first instinct wasn't to celebrate the signing, but to enjoy the feeling of relief. In fact, he shared our exact sentiments with the New York Post on Tuesday evening.
“It’s going to be nice to not have to answer any more questions about Victor and his contract status with the team,’’ Manning said via e-mail.
We must collectively bite our tongues, however. Less than a year from now the "what's the latest on Victor Cruz?" questions will morph into "what's the latest on Hakeem Nicks?" But, at least for a moment, we will be spared that repeated and seemingly relentless question.
But, after a few minutes to digest it, Manning was finally able to address what this contract extension for Cruz means to the team.
“It’s great to get Victor signed long-term and before the start of training camp," Manning wrote. “Obviously, he has been a big part of our offense. He has worked really hard on the field to become the player he is and I look forward to continuing our work together."
Having his two top wide receivers play a season without major distraction is going to be key for Manning & Co. Cruz's mind is now cleared and there are no lingering questions, while Nicks is anxious to hit the field, stay healthy and play for what could be a huge contract of his own.
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