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With or Without Contract, Justin Pugh Will Attend New York Giants Training Camp

June 15th, 2013 at 10:45 AM
By Dan Benton

Five of the New York Giants' seven draft picks have signed their rookie contract, with the Syracuse boys — Justin Pugh and Ryan Nassib — the only two remaining unsigned. And with all of the other contract issues ongoing or cropping up (see: Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks), this could spell trouble for Big Blue, right? Wrong.

Shortly after mandatory mini-camp ended earlier this week, offensive lineman Justin Pugh said he would be attending training camp in East Rutherford, NJ with or without a deal in place.

“I’m not really worried about it,” Pugh said. “I just want to focus on football. That’s why I signed [the injury protection form to participate in the offseason program], so I can be out here. I know it’ll be done. I’m not missing any training camp, I know that right now. They do things the right way here, so I know we’ll get it done. I’m not worried about it.”

Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), rookie contracts are slotted with almost everything now being predetermined. There are only a few select numbers that are open to negotiation, with one of those being guaranteed money. That's where the conflict between the Giants and Pugh arose.

Pugh is currently looking at a four-year, $8,345,898 deal with a $4,449,744 signing bonus (it would be a $1,517,436 cap hit here in 2013). However, he wants guaranteed money similar to that of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones, who was taken two picks ahead of him and has a fully guaranteed $8.705 million deal. In other words, Pugh is likely looking for a fully guaranteed deal and the Giants are not yet offering it.

All things considered, this is relatively small potatoes — especially when Pugh fully intents to show up and practice without a signed contract.

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One Response to “With or Without Contract, Justin Pugh Will Attend New York Giants Training Camp”

  1.  GmenMania says:

    Re-post:

    It is bewildering to me to see some of the people on this board and how they underestimate Cruz. For instance:

    GOAT56 says:
    June 14, 2013 at 3:07 PM
    He’s an elite slot and just another player as an outside WR. Randle is a better outside WR. And Murphy is not that much of a drop off from Cruz. One dimensional meaning he only excels in one dimension.

    First off, Randle is a better outside receiver? We would hope that, but he hasn’t done ANYTHING yet. Secondly, Murphy is a huge drop off from Cruz. So far in his career, Murphy has been a scrub who hasn’t had even a semi-good season. So to say that based on OTAs he wouldn’t be much of a drop off is crazy.

    Cruz is much better than he gets credit for. People say he’s one-dimensional, but the fact is that most WRs are. Nicks has never played the slot; how do we know he would be just as good there as he is outside? People need to step back from the current situation with Cruz’s contract when attempting to determine his value and overall ability.

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