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Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:01:17 -0700
It is believed the New York Giants and WR Victor Cruz are separated by $3 million in guaranteed money. The Giants are believed to be offering $12-15 million in guaranteed money and Cruz is seeking $15-18 million in guaranteed money.
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 08:11:02 -0700
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz is looking for around $9 million per season in a new long-term deal. It was believed he was looking for around $11 million earlier but he dropped his demand when he switched agents.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:11:26 -0700
The New York Giants were going to reduce the value of WR Victor Cruz's tender offer if he did not sign the tender.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:42:25 -0700
New York Giants restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz has signed his one-year tender offer and will make $2.879 million this season. Cruz said the two sides will continue to discuss a long-term deal.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:14:41 -0700
New York Giants restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz could still hold out training camp even though he will sign his tender offer. Cruz could be fined $30,000 per day if he does not report to training camp.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:15:22 -0700
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz could still hold out of training camp, according to a source with knowledge of these types of situations, despite the fact that Cruz will sign his one-year tender on Friday, June 14. Cruz will be under contract and thus subject to fines of $30,000 per day if he doesn't show. He could have lost $2.289 million if the Giants had retracted the tender offer on Monday, June 17, and replaced it with an offer of $590,000. At that rate for fines, Cruz could afford 76 days of them before he'd reach the $2.289 million for which he's signing his tender. The source said there were no indications that the team was going to rescind the offer, but Cruz didn't want to take the chance.
Fantasy Tip: The article also cited Mike Wallace's situation last season, when the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't elect to rescind the receiver's high tender with a greatly reduced amount. That suggests Cruz really had little to worry about. Negotiations seem to have been somewhat amicable, and the Giants seem to be happy with him, so a holdout seems unlikely barring a drastic change in the nature of the development of this story.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:55:31 -0700
New York Giants WRs Hakeem Nicks, who attended the team's minicamp but not OTAs, and Victor Cruz, who didn't, were the subject of inquiry related to how long it will take them to get their timing back because of their offseason absences. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride responded, "That is so, not unimportant, but it is just a relatively minor thing," he began. "The thing is they haven't been working. They haven't been listening. They haven't been growing, they haven't been developing. They haven't been receiving the coaching that they need to get better. To be quite frank, they need it. And the absence and not being here has hurt them and because of that, it has hurt us." Gilbride added that the positive is that other receivers have received those reps and opportunities to become integral pieces of the offense down the road.
Fantasy Tip: Now that Cruz has signed his tender, he and Nicks will have ample time to catch up on whatever they missed. Neither player's fantasy value should be affected.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:12:10 -0700
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz said he would sign his restricted free-agent tender Friday, June 14. "I'm going to sign my tender today and will continue talks for a long-term deal before camp starts."
Fantasy Tip: Take a sigh of relief that a holdout is unlikely to occur.
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:50:05 -0700
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle became QB Eli Manning's primary target during the absences of WRs Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, who's still not at camp because of contract discussions. "His whole demeanor, his whole professionalism was outstanding," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said of Randle. "Not only did he grow, he kind of became the bell cow of the receiving corps. ... Oh, he's gonna play. He's gonna play a lot [in 2013]." Randle's versatility in where to line up should help his playing time.
Fantasy Tip: Let's wait until later this summer before we bolster Randle's stock significantly, but his late-rounds-flyer status looks to be pretty solid as of today.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:28:43 -0700
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is starting to get impatient with WR Victor Cruz not being at offseason team activities. "I've been optimistic since Day 1 but it hasn't gotten me anywhere, has it?" Coughlin said after the first practice of the Giants' three-day minicamp. "I'll just continue to be (optimistic). But the clock is running. This is something that at least he could've benefited by, if nothing else, this minicamp. But you have to realize that there is no contract at this time. So without a contract he's not going to be here."
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 06:53:45 -0700
The New York Giants can reduce WR Victor Cruz's restricted free-agent tender from $2.879 million to $660,000 beginning Friday, June 14. There's no indication they'll do so, though.
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:03:39 -0700
Talks between the New York Giants and WR Victor Cruz are going incredibly slow. Cruz will not be at the team's minicamp without a new deal.
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:05:28 -0700
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks and restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz did not show up for team physicals Monday, June 10. The Giants' mandatory minicamp begins Tuesday, June 11.
Sat, 08 Jun 2013 09:07:52 -0700
New York Giants restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz is not expected to attend the team's mandatory minicamp next week unless he signs his tender offer or receives a new contract. The Giants will not be able to fine him for missing the minicamp because he is not under contract.
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 15:10:20 -0700
New York Giants wide receivers coach Kevin M. Gilbride said he believes it will take WRs Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks to get up to speed once they report, but they should be able to ready fairly quickly. "I think it all takes work and timing and development of your individual skills, of your grasp of the offense and the detail. I don't think it's easy, but I think those two, Victor and Hakeem, have the ability and the mental capacity to step in and basically play catch up like we talked about and get caught up pretty quickly," Gilbride said.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 11:22:47 -0700
New York Giants QB Eli Manning said the workouts that took place early in the offseason at Duke University were not meant to be a substitution for work that can be done during OTAs, in reference to WRs Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz missing the team workouts. "You got some work, but I was really hoping that would be a little starter course to the spring and not a substitute for what we're doing on the field right now," Manning said Thursday, following the team's OTA. "This is the stuff where you're getting to go against cornerbacks. You get to work your technique. You get to practice those things we're gonna do in the season."
Fantasy Tip: While it is not ideal that Cruz and Nicks are missing OTAs, it should not take long for them to regain their chemistry with Manning once they do return to practice.
Thu, 30 May 2013 13:57:55 -0700
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle is impressing at organized team activities. Randle has lined up with the first team due to WRs Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks not attending practices. "He's moving in that direction," head coach Tom Coughlin said. "He certainly has had many, many opportunities, and if there's a guy that really has a chance to step his game up and really show what he can do, it's happening right now for Rueben."
Wed, 22 May 2013 19:09:54 -0700
New York Giants WRs Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were missing at organized team activities Wednesday, May 22, over contract disputes, so QB Eli Manning was working with WRs Jerrel Jernigan, Louis Murphy and Rueben Randle during the session.
Wed, 22 May 2013 10:22:42 -0700
New York Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan has shown progress as Victor Cruz remains absent from OTAs. WR Hakeem Nicks said his teammate has been adjusting well to the slot role, which fits him. "I feel like he got a lot of reps," Nicks added. "He's a little older now, he's a little mature. He got more patient in his routes. ... He's catching the ball a lot better, and he's ready to step up."
Fantasy Tip: Complementary pieces to this aerial game have filled solid fantasy depth roles for the last few years. With Domenik Hixon gone, Jernigan has a chance to make more noise, but the presence of Louis Murphy and Rueben Randle probably limits his upside.
Sat, 18 May 2013 12:47:31 -0700
The New York Giants are making slow progress in contract talks with restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz on a long-term contract. The two sides are expected to resume negotiations this week.
Wed, 15 May 2013 05:51:23 -0700
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz has lowered his demands to closer to what the team is offering. The team is believed to be offering nearly $8 million a year. There is optimism a deal will get done, but nothing is imminent.
Tue, 14 May 2013 11:51:16 -0700
There is nothing imminent between the New York Giants and restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz on a contract extension.
Mon, 13 May 2013 17:56:54 -0700
New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he hopes WR Victor Cruz attends organized team activities next week. "We get into some real practices next week so hopefully as we get into those live going-against-the-defense practices he'll get back in so we can get back to work," Manning said.
Fantasy Tip: Even if Cruz does not attend OTA's, it should not take long for Manning to get back on the same page with his best wide receiver once the contract situation is resolved.
Fri, 10 May 2013 13:38:49 -0700
New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said he has full confidence WR Victor Cruz's contract situation will be resolved and he will return to the team.
Tue, 07 May 2013 12:50:35 -0700
The contract talks between Victor Cruz and the New York Giants will reach the most important point in the next week. Both sides are hoping to reach a long term agreement.
Tue, 07 May 2013 06:43:06 -0700
New York Giants co-owner John Mara believes the team will eventually have a deal in place with restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz. "I'm pretty confident that we'll end up reaching a deal with (Cruz)," Mara said. "This is not that atypical a situation. Player contracts, particularly with star players like Victor, can tend to drag on from time to time. I think we'll get it done." Cruz has yet to sign his $2.879 million contract tender and reportedly seeks in the neighborhood of $10 million per year. The Giants are reportedly prepared to offer closer to $7 million.
Wed, 01 May 2013 10:14:39 -0700
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese said the team has not made any progress in contract talks with restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz but hopes to reach an agreement on a long-term deal at some point.
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 06:12:10 -0700
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin admitted WR Victor Cruz's contract situation was becoming a concern.
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:01:32 -0700
New York Giants owner John Mara said WR Victor Cruz's contract situation would get resolved. "It will get done at some point," Mara said. "Just be patient."
Sat, 20 Apr 2013 10:51:25 -0700
The New York Giants could reduce restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz's tender offer to $630,000 if Cruz does not sign his tender or an extension by June 17. Cruz would make $2.879 million if he signs his tender offer.
Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:49:11 -0700
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese said the team is not sure if restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz will sign with the team before the start of the regular season. "I don't assume anything," Reese said. "We'll see. I can tell you this — when we get ready to play — when the season starts, we will have some good players out there. I'm not sure if Victor will be there or not."
Fantasy Tip: Cruz does not have to participate in offseason workouts because he is not under contract. There is a chance he holds out of training camp because of his contract situation but is expected to report to the team before the start of the regular season. He should still be considered as a No. 1 fantasy wide receiver entering the 2013 NFL season unless he holds out during the season.
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:54:39 -0700
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he is not sure if Victor Cruz will be on the roster when the team gets ready to play. "I don't assume anything. We'll see. I can tell you this, when we get ready to play when the season starts we'll have good players out there. I'm not sure if Victor will be there or not. I don't assume anything.''
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:39:59 -0700
New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he is not going to try to get WR Victor Cruz to show up for offseason activities, and understands why Cruz is not there. Manning said he believe Cruz will show up when a contract extension is done. "I have a feeling I'll see Victor here when the contract's done," Manning said.
Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:37:21 -0700
New York Giants restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz has still not showed at voluntary offseason workouts. While it is unclear if his absence is directly related to his contract situation, his absence is noticeable. He is seeking a long-term contract extension, and wants more than the current $7 million-per-year offer sources say he has on the table from the team.
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:20:02 -0700
New York Giants restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz was not present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 15.
Fantasy Tip: Cruz missing offseason workouts is not a big deal because he knows the offense well. If he holds out during training camp, it would be more noteworthy because his status for the regular season could be in question at that point.
Fri, 12 Apr 2013 05:31:27 -0700
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz has told at least two people he plans to stay with the team long term. Cruz, according to two sources, wants to take advantage of the business and marketing opportunities he envisions with Roc Nation, the marketing company Jay-Z founded.
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:21:19 -0700
New York Giants DE Justin Tuck said he believes restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz will be present for the start of offseason workouts. "He hasn't said anything as far as why he wouldn't be there, even though, obviously, the contract situation," Tuck said. "But for me, I think the biggest way to get things settled is to be there in good faith, I guess. But I can't answer questions for Victor, he has to do what's best for him."
Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:17:43 -0700
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz, a restricted free-agent, was given a first-round tender by the team in March while negotiations toward a long-term deal have gone nowhere. Opposing teams have until April 19 to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets, but so far there has been no known activity between Cruz and other teams.
Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:56:43 -0700
New York Giants restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz has been catching passes from QB Eli Manning this week. Cruz is hoping to sign a long-term contract extension with the team to remain one of Manning's favorite targets. The Giants have until April 19 to make a contract offer to Cruz if another team wants to make a run at Cruz. New York would receive a first-round pick as compensation if they can't match another team's offer. Manning also worked out with WRs Hakeem Nicks and Louis Murphy.
Fantasy Tip: This should be seen as a good sign toward the Giants retaining their No. 1 wide receiver with a long-term deal. It remains to be seen if that will happen, however. If Cruz does return, continue to consider him a No. 1 fantasy wideout that has more appeal in non-point-per-reception leagues.
Thu, 04 Apr 2013 06:55:57 -0700
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz was seeking $10-$11 million per season in a new deal with his old agency.
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:13:43 -0700
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz's recent change in his representation to CAA was made in anticipation of Jay-Z's Roc Nation and their pending affiliation with the group.
Sat, 23 Mar 2013 16:05:20 -0700
The New York Giants have made a long-term offer to restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz that is more than $7 million per season. The deal also includes a sizeable amount of guaranteed money.
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 05:46:25 -0700
New York Giants OT David Diehl is willing to restructure his contract to sign WR Victor Cruz to a long-term deal.
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:04:47 -0700
It is extremely unlikely that New York Giants restricted free agent WR Victor Cruz will get an offer sheet from another team.
Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:06:14 -0700
New York Giants QB Eli Manning said Wednesday, March 20, that he would be willing to restructure his contract, which runs through 2015 and counts $21 million against the salary cap in 2013, if it helps to re-sign WR Victor Cruz. "If the Giants want to work something out," Manning said, "I am always up for listening, figuring out what I can do to help the cause."
Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:17:58 -0700
New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he checks the newspapers every morning to make sure no team has offered restricted free agent WR Victor Cruz a contract and called the whole process nerve-wracking. "It is nerve-wracking, though," Manning said. "He is anxious; I know he has been dealing with this contract issue for a long time, last year and end of this… I know he wants it just settled and wants to get back to playing football and just worrying about that."
Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:09:29 -0700
New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he has been joking with his agent, Tom Condon, who is also restricted free agent WR Victor Cruz's agent, telling him to get the deal done to ensure he stays with the Giants.
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 06:10:26 -0700
New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said he believes restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz will receive a more lucrative offer than the two-year, $12 million contract Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker signed. "I think Victor will get higher than that," Tisch said.
Sun, 17 Mar 2013 17:57:00 -0700
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay did not deny the team is still pursuing a free-agent help at the wide receiver position, but denied the team is in the hunt for one specific receiver. "It's not (restricted free-agent New York Giants WR Victor Cruz)," Irsay said Sunday, March 17.
Sat, 16 Mar 2013 16:21:16 -0700
The St. Louis Rams are not pursuing New York Giants impending free-agent WR Victor Cruz this offseason.