Wide receiver Victor Cruz is reportedly on his way to the New York Giants' team facilities in East Rutherford, NJ this morning where he will sign his one-year, $2.879 million restricted free agent (RFA) tender.
"I'm going to sign my tender today and will continue talks for a long-term deal before camp starts," he told ESPN Bureau's Josina Anderson.
The timing of this decision is not as random as it may appear on the surface and by no means indicates he was merely trying to skip organized team activities (OTAs) and mandatory mini-camp. Instead, this decision comes only days before the Giants could have reduced his tender amount from the aforementioned $2.879 million to the veteran minimum of $630,000.
Although negotiations on a long-term deal remain in a bit of a stalemate, it was inevitable that one side blinked before the other and it comes as no great surprise that it was Cruz's camp. The Giants have had, and still have, most of the leverage in these ongoing negotiations — negotiations that now become a big easier for General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. as Cruz can now be fined $30,000 a day if he holds out of training camp.
The risk for Cruz becomes his health. Ideally, he and his agent, Tom Condon of CAA, would like to come to a long-term deal before he ever sets foot on the field because an injury (a la Steve Smith) would essentially end any and all hopes he had of such a deal.
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