With six weeks to go until he becomes a restricted free agent, Victor Cruz still doesn’t have that contract extension that he once thought was imminent. At the moment, he said, there aren’t even ongoing talks.
But Cruz, during an appearance on Super Bowl Radio Row in New Orleans on Thursday, believes he’s still “a pretty high priority” for the Giants, so he’s not worried about his situation at all.
“No, I’m not getting antsy at all,” Cruz said. “I’m just waiting my time. I know the Giants have a lot of decision to make as far as all the other free agents we have. So I’m just being patient. I know they have to come around at some point.”
The clock is ticking a bit, though, with free agency set to begin on March 12. If the Giants and Cruz don’t reach a long-term deal by then, they’ll almost certainly give him the first-round tender of $2.879 million, guaranteeing they’d get a first-round draft choice if Cruz signs an offer sheet with another team that they refuse to match.
A source familiar with the talks said they were never really close on the money. Now, Cruz indicated his agent has made another proposal and that “I think we’re just waiting for them to come back to us.”
“I understand it’s a negotiation, it has to go back and forth,” Cruz said. “The two sides have to agree at some point and I guess at that point (during the season) they kind of agreed to disagree. So we’re just being patient. Hopefully something comes along and we’ll be happy with it.”