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Giants' John Mara optimistic about Victor Cruz deal

4/23/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

Although both sides have mostly stayed tight-lipped on progress made in negotiations, New York Giants’ Co-Owner John Mara offered an optimistic outlook in short comment regarding the team’s efforts in getting a deal done with their single-season receiving record-holder Victor Cruz, on Monday.
 
"It will get done at some point," John Mara said before the Big Brothers Big Sisters gala event at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. "Just be patient."
 
The New York Giants have been working to get a long-term deal done with wide receiver Victor Cruz since last season, and their efforts have panned out into the offseason. There’s not much word on a possible compensation package, with the exception of John Mara stating last month that the New York Giants made Victor Cruz an offer that could turn him into a "a very wealthy young man."
 
For now, Victor Cruz remains an unrestricted free agent, after he did not receive an offer sheet from other teams before the deadline closed last Friday night. Victor Curz opted not to show up for the New York Giants’ voluntary offseason workout program which began last week, and quarterback Eli Manning, who shares an agent with Cruz said he expects the situation to remain so until a long-term deal is worked out.
 
However, it appears both sides remain on amicable terms as New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he understood the circumstances which led to Victor Cruz’ absence last week at voluntary offseason workouts.
 
"He is a free agent and doesn't have a contract, so he is not here," said Jerry Reese. "That is pretty cut and dry."
 
However, Jerry Reese did state prior to Friday that he will not fall under the assumption that Victor Cruz will be on the opening day roster come the 2013 season.
 
"I don't assume anything," said Jerry Reese. "We will see. I can tell you this, when we get ready to play, when the season starts, we will have good players out there. I am not sure if Victor will be there or not, but I don't assume anything."
 
Victor Cruz has not publically spoken about the contract talks with the New York Giants since January. But it seems he has two options this point forward. Either he can sign the one-year, $2.879 million tender, play out 2013 with the New York Giants and become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. But then the New York Giants could place the franchise tag on him in 2014. Otherwise Victor Cruz can sign the tender, while continuing to work out an extension with the New York Giants.
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