Victor Cruz sounds like a man pondering his options — even though at the moment he doesn’t have many at all.

Cruz, the Big Blue receiver who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on March 12, was quoted again on Saturday about his desire to sign a long-term deal with the Giants, and hopefully “soon.”

But he also tossed in the possibility that he could eventually end up “somewhere else” — even though that’s probably not an option until 2014.

“Hopefully we can end that talk soon, man,” Cruz told on Saturday in Amherst, Mass., where he was watching his alma mater, UMass, play basketball. “Hopefully we can get a deal done, if not with the Giants then unfortunately somewhere else. But I want to be a Giant for a long time, so we’ll see how it goes.”

That’s similar to what Cruz has been saying all along, but there’s undoubtedly been a slight uptick in tension in the contract negotiations since the regular season ended. That was clear at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, when Giants co-owner John Mara said there was a “limit” to how far the Giants would go to re-sign Cruz and he indicated Cruz’s asking price was too high.

Cruz’s counter was to avoid answering a question later that same day from the Daily News about whether he’d consider a contract holdout.

“I have no answer to that,” Cruz said at the time