Sunday, April 7, 2013
Will Cruz ink extension with Giants?
By Tom Carpenter
Victor Cruz joined forces with Jay-Z this week, but it doesn't appear that pairing up with Roc Nation is going to push Cruz and the New York Giants any closer to securing a contract extension for the long term. As the New York Daily News noted, Cruz has been looking to secure a new contract that would pay him $10-11 million per season, which is the kind of cheddar typically reserved for a No. 1 wideout. Meanwhile, the Giants' offer to Cruz was only worth about $7 million.
That gap in money is why ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano thinks that Cruz won't ink a long-term deal with the Giants this season:
Dan GrazianoFive bold New York Giants predictions
"5. Cruz will not sign a contract extension prior to the end of the season: The most recent turns in Cruz's contract dispute with the Giants have changed my thinking on this. I think each side is dug in -- the Giants willing to make him the league's highest-paid slot receiver at between $7 million-$8 million per year and Cruz demanding top-receiver money (between $10 million-$11 million per year) based on his top-receiver numbers of the past two seasons. I can't see what happens between now and the start of the season to bridge that gap, and once the season starts each side will be willing to let 2013 results determine the outcome. If Cruz has another monster year, his case gets stronger and the Giants (possibly depending on what they see from Nicks health-wise or Randle development-wise) either cave in or let him leave as a highly paid free agent. If Cruz doesn't post top-receiver numbers or if he has an injury that limits him, the Giants' case gets stronger and Cruz likely takes less to stay in New York. It's risky both ways, but as of April 6 that's the way it looks to be headed."