Victor Cruz could be close to becoming a Giant for the long haul. The Pro Bowl wide receiver is expected to end his contract stalemate with Big Blue before the start of training camp by signing a long-term deal, according to an ESPN report last night quoting team and league sources. Cruz appeared to add to the general feeling of optimism late last night with a cryptic statement on Twitter. “Good things come to those who wait,” Cruz wrote. According to the report, parameters on a long-term deal are in place and no obstacles are expected that would prevent it getting done before the Giants report for camp July 26 at their practice facility in East Rutherford. Signing a long-term contract wouldn’t be a surprise, considering Cruz is a Paterson, N.J., native who has long expressed a desire to stay in the New York City market. Cruz also surrendered much of his leverage last month by signing his restricted free-agent tender offer worth $2.879 million. Cruz can still play for that figure this fall in the hopes of landing a huge payday elsewhere next spring, but the Giants hold the upper hand there, too, with the franchise tag at their disposal. The sides have been at loggerheads for months, with Cruz refusing to attend the team’s voluntary workouts and skipping last month’s mandatory minicamp because of his reported desire for a long-term pact worth at least $9 million per season. Still relatively snug against the salary cap and with fellow star receiver Hakeem Nicks’ contract to worry about as well, the Giants reportedly have been reluctant to offer Cruz more than $8 million.
Cruz expected to ink long-term Giants deal
New York Post | Jul 2