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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."
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