Be patient.

That was Giants co-owner John Mara's message about receiver Victor Cruz's unresolved contract situation.

"It will get done at some point," Mara said Monday night, before the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC Annual Sidewalks of New York Gala. "Just be patient."

Cruz, who is being honored at Monday's event for his community service efforts, did not stop when asked if he had a few minutes for an interview on his way into the event. He has not spoken publicly about his contract situation since January.

Mara politely declined further comment, though his brief statement was optimistic and encouraging — more so than general manager Jerry Reese's characterization of the situation last week. Mara referred to the long-term deal the sides have been negotiating since last year.

Cruz and Mara embraced and politely exchanged a few words inside the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, at the very least a sign that the sides are still amicable during the protracted, and so far fruitless, negotiations.

Cruz, a restricted free agent, did not receive any offer sheets from other teams before the open signing period ended Friday night, but he has also not signed the first-round tender the Giants assigned him last month. Cruz has so far opted not to report to the Giants' voluntary offseason program, which began last week, and quarterback Eli Manning -- who shares an agent with Cruz -- said he does not expect to see Cruz until a long-term deal is worked out.