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New York Giants Co-Owner John Mara: Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are Both High Priorities

February 22nd, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

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.

"They’re both priorities for us. They’re both terrific players," co-owner John Mara said Thursday between meetings at the NFL Scouting Combine. "We hope they’re both Giants for a 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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16 Responses to “New York Giants Co-Owner John Mara: Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are Both High Priorities”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Wait, so you’re telling me that the “insider report” stating that Nicks was more important, which coincidentally came exactly one day after Cruz did not rule out a holdout, has been contradicted by the owner who knows first hand the value that *both* players bring to the team?

    I am stunned. Stunned!

  2.  The Original G Man says:

    On this whole question of the timing of Chris Snee’s surgery, let me toss out another possibility … he’s retiring. First, it would explain delaying the surgery so he can play in one last Pro Bowl, plus being as close to a “company man” as a player can be given the father-in-law thing, he’d wait until after the draft to announce it so as not to tip the team’s hand in terms of draft strategy and needs.

    Yeah, or, you know … not.

    •  Krow says:

      On the surface what he did seems so stupid … so selfish … so out of character … that many are logically speculating that there’s some sort of mitigating factor(s). But so far no one’s said anything. We’re just going to have to wait and see.

      •  The Original G Man says:

        He doesn’t strike me as the selfish or stupid type, so my money is on that the recovery time is not expected to be as significant as media reports indicate.

        •  JimStoll says:

          I prefer your retirement angle as I feel that Snee has been in a steady decline since 2008.
          As I often remind, he missed all of pre-season in ’09 with a knee and has never been the same player he was in ’08 again. Now he has aded should head and hip to the array of injuries and he is certainly on the downside of his career
          Although he undoubtedly would be better than any rookie, he wouldn’t be very good and he’d cost a ton.

          so here’s to retirement!

          •  Krow says:

            Then again … there’s that $6,700,000 in 2013 and $6,950,000 more in 2014. As long as the money’s a-flowin’ he’s gonna keep a-goin’.

            •  JimStoll says:

              hard to say know to those $$ if you know they are “guaranteed”
              Snee’s status as son-in-law-in-chief makes those $$ as close to guaranteed as anything non-performance oriented could

              •  Krow says:

                He’s got hostages … Tom Coughlin’s daughter and grandchildren. The Giants have no choice but to pay the ransom.

  3.  Krow says:

    The Big Three …

    Chris Snee

    Salary … $6,700,000
    Cap hit … $11,000,000
    Dead money … $6,250,000
    If cut we save … $4,750,000

    Corey Webster

    Salary … $7,000,000
    Cap hit … $9,845,000
    Dead money … $2,595,000
    If cut we save … $7,250,000

    David Diehl

    Salary … $4,475,000
    Cap hit … $6,825,000
    Dead money … $2,078,125
    If cut we save … $4,746,875

    Cutting all 3 saves … $16,746,875

    •  Krow says:

      TBH there might be some bonus rollup that would reduce that number some. But I don’t have that info on outyears.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Diehl I think is already gone or will take a significant pay cut because he’s not even a certain starter. So it really comes to if we cut Webster and/or Snee. Both players are starters without players on the rosters (maybe Hosley) ready to step in for either. So even though we save 12 mil from cutting them I say at least 6-8 mil of that will be re-invested in replacement starters. It really comes down to how we feel Webster and Snee can produce in 2013 compared to their free agent replacements.

        If we just cut these players and bring in just minor free agents to replace them then we are rebuilding this season. I don’t mean there’s no expectation for success but setting the team up future success more than 2013

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    Even if Mara believed Nicks was a higher priority why would he say that to the media? Even if Nick as many of us assume is a higher priority don’t think for a second Cruz isn’t being used as a negotiation tool to get Nicks to re-sign to a more team friendly deal. The same likely true concerning Cruz. The team has to play both WRs against each other to get better deals for the team. Plus it’s the only way to possibly keep both players. I have long said that we will only end up keeping one but I think the team first choice is to keep both. If that doesn’t work then they will get only one and it might not come down to just whose more valuable if the deal is right.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    I think too many are jumping to conclusions about Snee. I don’t see him delaying surgery and playing in the probowl with an injury serve enough to require 6-8 months recovery time after surgery. Players just don’t do that if they already decided to have surgery. Sometimes players delay surgery because the hope the injury heals from treatment. I can’t see this being more than a 2-3 month recovery unless the shoulder was worse than originally thought when they went in for surgery.

    Also the retirement thought is a fair one because Snee still could be cut or restructured so that money is far from guaranteed.

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