New York Giants, Victor Cruz hit a snag in contract talks

6/2/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe New York Giants and wide receiver Victor Cruz have reached a standstill in negotiations for a new contract this offseason.
According to reports, the two sides cannot have a dispute over Cruz’s asking price. He is reportedly demanding $8 million per year, which is slightly high compared to what other elite slot receivers in the league are getting. The issue here is, while Cruz has certainly proven dominant in his game, slot receivers across the league just don’t rank among the top-salaried receivers. In fact, it is the outside receivers who draw a bigger pay check at the position.
ESPN’s Ed Werder believes that Cruz had his agent forcing the Giants to agree to contract that would allow Cruz to “make more money than say, Wes Welker.”
Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker is projected to make $6 million per year over the next two years.
Cruz became a restricted free agent this offseason, but didn’t receive an offer sheet from any of the other 31 NFL teams. He was given a $2.879 million contract tender, but he has been pushing for a long-term deal with the Giants. Although Cruz’s current asking price may be a little foreign to the Giants, considering it as an overpayment by their standards, still getting him under contract could be a priority for the team.
"The New York Giants want him back as badly as we've ever wanted anybody. And so we like the thing to be settled and over with,” said Giants coach Tom Coughlin in April, “and we wish it would be that way so that he could be in here working with the quarterback in the offseason. And the sooner it gets settled, the better off we will be."
But Cruz has been missing from the team’s OTAs, and to make things more complicated the Giants also have to deal with the absence of Hakeem Nicks, with Rueben Randal currently serving as the No.1 wideout. Additionally, coming to terms on a new contract with Cruz is essential for the Giants considering Cruz is rated among the best slot receivers in the league. He had a breakout season in 2011, catching 82 passes for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns, which he followed with 86 receptions for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012.
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