One of the New York Giants' top priorities this offseason is to come to a contractual agreement with wide receiver Victor Cruz, who is slated to become a Restricted Free Agent (RFA) in March. And although the two sides have periodically attempted to work on finalizing a new deal, they are no closer now than they were during the season when negotiations were initially tabled.
While appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday morning, Cruz revealed that there has been no progress, and that he and his agent are patiently waiting for the Giants to return with a counter-offer.
"We're just waiting for them to come back to us," Cruz said. “I’m not getting antsy at all … I know they have to come around at some point.”
Ross Tucker, a host of the show, suggested to Cruz that he immediately holdout and refuse to play a single down until a new contract is reached. It's something Cruz has stated several times he will not do, and that drew praise from former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, who said it speaks volumes about the type of man Cruz is.
This, of course, is not to say things can't change. If these negotiations drag out, Cruz's agent may put pressure on the young wide receiver, suggesting he holdout until something is done. There is also a chance the Giants lose Cruz via free agency if some team comes up huge with an offer Jerry Reese & Co. won't or can't match.
The situation isn't dire yet, but time is rapidly ticking away to get something done.
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