No Victor Cruz.
No big deal.
There was no reason for Cruz to attend yesterday’s start of the Giants’ offseason workout program, considering these programs are pretty much exclusively for, you know, players actually under contract with the team.
Cruz at present is not under contract, so it would have been somewhere between unusual and bizarre for him to show up and work out at the Timex Performance Center. So, as expected, Cruz wasn’t in attendance as Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Hakeem Nicks, Chris Snee, Kevin Boothe, Corey Webster, David Wilson and plenty of other Giants reunited for the first time since the end of the 2012 season on the opening day of voluntary workouts.
Cruz, as a restricted free agent, has until Friday to sign an offer sheet with another team, which is almost definitely not going to happen, as compensation for his services is a first-round draft pick. Cruz has yet to sign his first-round tender that would pay him $2.879 million this season and he has turned down the multi-year offer — at more than $7 million per season — the Giants presented to him before the start of free agency.
It makes little sense for Cruz to show up at the Giants’ facility until his contractual uncertainty is cleared up. In order to participate, he would first have to sign an injury protection waiver, which is what running back Andre Brown, another restricted free agent, did. Brown, who was in attendance on Day One, though, is coming off a season cut short by a broken leg and will sign his $2.02 million tender sometime soon.
Cruz is seeking a multi-year commitment. With the end of the restricted period on Friday, perhaps that deadline will prompt Cruz’s representation and the Giants to get together and augment the standing offer in order to get the popular and productive receiver to sign on the dotted line.
Last week, Cruz was in Durham, N.C., along with Nicks and new Giants receiver Louis Murphy catching passes from Manning, at Duke University, where Eli and brother Peyton staged a workout.
The Giants, of course, prefer to focus on who was in the building. In 2012, Cruz shouldered too much of a burden because Nicks, his running mate at receiver, missed three games and was ineffective in many others dealing with ongoing foot and knee issues. Nicks had arthroscopic surgery in the offseason and said yesterday he has been running full speed for “a couple of weeks.’’
Nicks said the work at Duke was a solid first step.
No Victor Cruz.