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Victor Cruz Not Worried About Stalled Contract Talks

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.”

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6 Responses to “Victor Cruz Not Worried About Stalled Contract Talks”

  1. […] With six weeks to go until he becomes a restricted free agent, Victor Cruz still doesn’t have thatSee all stories on this topic » […]

  2. Jared says:

    Can he be franchised?

  3. Jared says:

    Can he be franchised? Or can you not franchise a restricted free agent?

    • Jason C. says:

      If his first round tender is under 3 million, why would they franchise him? I love Victor, but if another team wants to overpay him and give up a first round pick then so be it. The franchise price will be HIGH (average of top 5 players at the position and remember the insane deals Larry Fitz and others have signed).

  4. DP says:

    I sure hope this works out and the Giants can retain Cruz without any bad blood developing between him and the organization. I believe Mr. Cruz is about to receive an abstract lesson in the business side of professional football. The Giants will bring up every little thing he doesn’t do well during these negotiations to attempt to put a lid on his asking price. Just hoping this doesn’t get ugly, Cruz appears to be a genuinely nice guy and obviously a very good player who is one of the keys to the Giants. JR is in a tough spot, Cruz is very popular and the Giant Nation want him retained and probably believes he should make considerably more money, JR must determine how much more is in the best interests of the Giants.

  5. Brooke says:

    Cruz stays.

    He’s going no where.

    He fits in with what Eli wants and what Hakeem does too well.

    Do you think Jerry wants to go to Eli with “Hey man, we are taking your best target away from you in the prime of your career, after 2 years of jelling together in the biggest moments of the past 2 seasons?”

    I dont think so.

    Relax Giants Nation…Victor will be wearing Blue next year.

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