Victor Cruz has come a long way in his short NFL career. Soon his ascension to the role of one of the best deep threat wide receivers in the league will be rewarded by the Giants. A source told The Post Cruz and the Giants “are on the 2-yard line” in successfully completing their lengthy negotiation on a new long-term contract. “Both sides just need to give a little bit,’’ the source said. “But it’s going to happen.’’ Cruz, who was refrained from talking publicly about his thoughts and feelings throughout the process, yesterday offered The Post his first hints that his dream of remaining in New York is close to fruition. “In a perfect world, I want to finish my career here,’’ Cruz told The Post in an exclusive interview. “I’m from here, born and raised in New Jersey. I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else. But I understand it’s a business and all of that. In a perfect world, this is where I’d like to be.’’ Asked if a deal with the Giants is close, Cruz said, “I’d rather not answer any type of questions now, but it’s moving.’’ Is he cautiously optimistic? “It’s moving,’’ he said with a smile. Cruz was the most sought after celebrity yesterday at BTIG’s 11th annual Commission for Charity Day, an event that has raised more than $21 million for more than 350 non-profit organizations around the world. Celebrities such as Miss America Mallory Hagan, Yankees star Mariano Rivera and Jets coach Rex Ryan were at BTIG’s midtown office, but Cruz was the most requested celebrity by traders around the country. He was on the phone when BTIG broke the 100 million shares traded barrier. “To be at this point in my life, and to just have my presence be able to help so many kids and adults and help people in general, it’s a dream come true,’’ Cruz said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more.’’ Cruz is looking for more — a new deal, one most football fans and experts believe he has earned by making 168 catches for 2,627 yards and 19 touchdowns in the past two seasons. A restricted free agent, he did not receive an offer from another team, which would have been required to compensate the Giants with a first-round draft pick. Cruz could sign a one-year tender offer for $2.87 million and gamble on free agency after the 2013 season, if a long-term deal is not reached. There are a bevy of receivers around the league — DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson, Dwayne Bowe — who average $10 million a year and have been less productive in the past two seasons than Cruz.
Cruz, Giants contract talks on ‘2-yard line:’ source
New York Post | May 18