In early February, ESPN released an "insider report" suggesting the New York Giants would place a higher priority on signing wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to a long-term deal than they would on pending restricted free agent (RFA) Victor Cruz. On Thursday, co-owner John Mara refuted that report, claiming the team is taking an equal priority approach and that they want both wideouts in blue for a very long time.
When pressed about the ESPN report, which initially came from Adam Schefter, Mara blatantly called it false and inaccurate information.
"I don’t know where that came from; that’s not true at all," Mara said. "They’re both priorities for us."
All that said, Mara admits that nothing has changed in the negotiations between the Giants and Cruz. He and his camp are still seeking unrealistic numbers for a No. 2 wide receivers, and the Giants refuse to break the bank for him. Of course, that's not to say they don't want him back, as Mara repeatedly made it clear they do.
"Nothing has changed," Mara said. "He’ll hopefully be back with us next year, and hopefully at some point, we’ll have an agreement with him."
In the end, if it does come down to a choice between the two, the right answer is and always will be Hakeem Nicks.
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