Giants co-owner Steve Tisch may have cost himself some money when he predicted restricted free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz will get more than the $6 million per year that Wes Welker is getting from Denver.
“I think Victor is going to get a little higher than that,” Tisch said Sunday at the opening of the NFL meetings.
Welker, who signed a two-year $12 million deal, and Cruz are both slot receivers. Welker was replaced in New England by Danny Amendola, whose five-year $31 million deal averages $6.2 million per year. The market for slot receivers is down compared to receivers who play on the outside. Miami signed outside WR Mike Wallace to a five-year $60 million deal.
Tisch admitted he’s “anxious” as he believes “it’s possible, maybe even probable,” that Cruz will get an offer sheet that the Giants will then have to decide whether to match or take a first-round pick as compensation. “What’s between possible and probable? Likely,” Tisch said.
The Rams could be the team that makes a run at Cruz. They have two first-round picks. So do the Vikings, but they just signed Greg Jennings.
Cruz recently hired Tom Condon as his agent and Tisch said the five-day window before new agents are allowed to negotiate for their new clients expired Friday. That means Condon, who also represents Eli Manning and has an excellent relationship with the Giants, can begin negotiating on a long-term deal with Big Blue to replace the $2.879 million tender or with any team willing to pay Cruz and also give up the first-round pick. Cruz has until April 19 to present an offer sheet to the Giants.

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