For the New York Giants perhaps the most important offseason issue is the pending contract situation of star wide receiver Victor Cruz. Initial reports suggested that the two sides were still far apart after the Giants made offers that would pay Cruz close to 8 million dollars per year, Cruz and his agents have said they are looking for a deal closer to 10 million dollars in annual salary.
Although to date the two sides have been unable to reach an agreement on a new contract, Giants co-owner John Mara sounded confident in a report to the New York Post’s Paul Schwartz:
If an agreement cannot be reached on a new contract within the next few days it is unclear whether or not Victor Cruz will attend the Giants first mandatory off-season mini camp which will run from May 10-13.
Cruz, a Patterson New Jersey native, is coming off a 2012 season in which he hauled in 86 passes for 1,092 Yards and 10 touchdowns.
Further complicating the Cruz contract situation is the fact that Giants WR Hakeem Nicks has just one year remaining on his current deal. There has been some suggestion that the Giants would use their franchise tag on Nicks, which would bring his salary somewhere into the 10 million dollar range.
By all indications it appears that the Giants would like to have both Cruz and Nicks chasing down Eli Manning passes for a long time. It seems clear that with the Nicks contract situation looming on the horizon it has complicated the process of getting a deal completed with Cruz.
With both the Giants and Cruz’s camp softening their positions recently it seems like a deal could be in place shortly.