New York Giants co-owner John Mara said over the weekend that talks between the team and restricted free agent (RFA) Victor Cruz have not progressed. And although he acknowledges both Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are high priorities, he also maintains that Big Blue will not "break the bank" for the young wide receiver.
"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."
Like Mara, Cruz wishes to remain with the Giants for many years to come, but while speaking with The Massachusetts Republican on Saturday, he let it slip that moving on may soon become a realistic option. Either that, or it's merely a ploy to put some pressure on General Manager Jerry Reese & Co.
“Hopefully we can end that talk soon, man,” Cruz said. “Hopefully we can get a deal done, if not with the Giants than unfortunately somewhere else, but I want to be a Giant for a long time, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Cruz also admitted that after only three years in the league, he's already beginning to look at life after football, adding that he'd like to act and possibly get into broadcasting.
“I think I’m going to get into broadcasting a little bit,” Cruz said. “To be honest, I was thinking big picture, I want to act a little bit, see if I can jump in these movies and be the first guy with a Super Bowl ring and an Oscar.”
At the end of the day (royalties to Antrel Rolle), Cruz's comments are likely just a negotiating tactic. A restricted free agent, he's not likely going anywhere in 2013, and the Giants have all of the leverage. It's not something that sits well with his agent, especially considering Mara, Reese and the team haven't been burning the midnight oil on getting a new deal done.
All that said, if Cruz's demands don't come down to earth (see: Giants, Victor Cruz Set to Resume Contract Talks; WR Expected to Seek $8-$10 Million per Year), Big Blue will let him walk after next season as they've done with other free agents in the not-so-distant past.
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