Victor Cruz is the only restricted free agent still unsigned by the Giants, and Tom Coughlin is concerned, David Satriano of the New York Post reports.
Speaking on WFAN Monday afternoon, Coughlin said he hoped at this point Cruz would have signed a deal and been involved in offseason workouts. The deadline for another team to sign restricted free agents to an offer sheet was April 19.
“It has to be a concern because when the restricted free agency period is over, you would hope that things would move fast. What we want is exactly what I said the other day. We want a win-win. We want Victor to be proud to be a New York Giant, proud of his contract,” Coughlin said.
As a restricted free agent, Cruz’s options are to sign his one-year tender of $2.879 million, sign the multi-year deal (averaging more than $7 million per year) on the table or else hold out in hopes of squeezing more money out of the Giants. Cruz was missing for the start of the Giants optional offseason program which opened on April 15 which was hardly a surprise.
“The New York Giants want him back as badly as we’ve ever wanted anybody,” Coughlin said, “And so we like the thing to be settled and over with and we wish it would be that way so that he could be in here working with the quarterback in the offseason. And the sooner it gets settled, the better off we will be.”