Eli Manning hopeful Victor Cruz signs before OTAs

It’s mid-May, and no resolution on the Victor Cruz saga is in sight. Yet Eli Manning remains optimistic.

The Giants quarterback told the New York Daily News he hopes next week’s organized team activities will motivate Cruz to agree to the terms of a new deal.

Said Manning: “”We get into some real practices next week …  so hopefully as we get kind of into those live, going-against-a-defense practices, he will get back in so we can get back to work.”

OTAs begin on May 22, which gives the team and Cruz just more than a week to strike an agreement.

Manning did add a caveat to his statement, suggesting it would not be the end of the world if Cruz was not in attendance for OTAs. It would be a great opportunity for the younger player’s to gain some experience, according to the Giants signal-caller.

“I know each year you’re gonna need new guys to step up,” Manning said. “You’re gonna lose some guys, something happens, you always want to be prepared.”

Manning is the latest member of the organization to express optimistic about a Cruz contract. John Mara did likewise last week and coach Tom Coughlin said concern had yet to set in.

Last week, Pro Football Talk reported this week would be integral to the progress of the two sides reaching a deal. Thus far, all has been quiet on that front.

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