Giants place first-round RFA tag on Victor Cruz

Sam Spiegelman

The New York Giants slapped restricted free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz with a first-round tender this afternoon.

According to co-owner John Mara, the Giants want to retain Cruz long-term, but “there’s a limit” to what they’ll pay him.

“If he took our offer, he’d be a very wealthy man,” Mara said, adding, “if someone is willing to pay more than we are, then we’ll have to say goodbye.”

Last week, coach Tom Coughlin told ESPN New York he’d like to see the team keep Cruz.

During the NFL Scouting Combine last month, reports surfaced the Giants would likely place a first-round tender on Cruz, guaranteeing him a one-year salary at about $2.9 million. Cruz would be eligible to receive offers from other clubs, but New York would have the ability to match them or receive the appropriate compensation should he leave.

Dwayne Bowe’s new five-year, $56 million deal, including $26 million in guaranteed dough, is the standard for Cruz.

In addition, the team would like to lock up wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and perhaps re-sign tight end Martellus Bennett.

Other RFAs being tendered were safety Stevie Brown and running back Andre Brown, both of whom received second-round levels.

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203 comments
dave27a
dave27a

That picture says it all.  It's the closest you'll ever see to a clown car on a hockey rink.  4 idiots piled on top of each other while 6 skaters buzz around them.

dv92
dv92

I'm not really a frequent poster on here, but I always come to this Blog day after day to read the articles and the comments. Most of the comments are always spot on. This problem starts from the TOP all the way down to the players. Wang needs to sell this team asap. This team needs a clean sweep of the entire management. I don't even want to get started because it would just be a long post of what's said on here everyday. I'm really sick and tired of the losing culture and the fact that NOTHING gets done about it. This fan base is definitely tortured!! Spot on with those comments. Year after year of bad teams and we're just told to sit back and be patient. BS!!! I really though this team turned the corner at the end of last year. I thought the end of the rebuild was finally here. It's going to be hard to remain patient...but ill do it. At least Strome has looked good and we still have Reinhart, Pulock, and Lee to still look forward to. That's really whats keeping me from totally losing it.

Chris R
Chris R

WANG= THE PUS THATS COME OUT OF A POPPED ZIT

firecappy
firecappy

Kevin, saying that nobody wanted to take a chance on Bishop is not true.  I remember a lot of teams being interested at the deadline but the rumors were that Ottawa wanted a lot for him.  I specifically remember because after all the talk of what he would cost I was surprised when all they got was Conacher and thought we could have gotten him for Streit and something else.

snostorm
snostorm

Has there ever been a more abused fanbase than the islanders fanbase?  This is an abomination. They preached patience and eluded to what it takes to methodically rebuild the franchise with Chicago as the template. What a bunch of crap. We where held hostage and used as leverage for Wangs land grab. The team sucked so bad under Wang ownership they couldn't even pass a referendum to keep them in Nassau.  This is Wangs fault. Any one who still thinks he is our savior is diluted. 


No one should go to their homegames. I know there are people who have season tickets and bought packages. I feel for you. I personally will not spend a dime on them until Wang sells them.  I cant stand the fact that he still owns my most beloved sports team. Its because of Wang that there are no alumni around this team. Ostracized Pat Lafontaine  one of the classiest players ever to play the game. Wang has destroyed this team.  There will not be another playoff game at the coliseum.  that passion and energy  is gone forever. Barclay's is a joke. Fitting for Wangs team. Wang is the worst thing to ever happen to this team.

hoverlow
hoverlow

Ok let me see if I can get this post past pending by cleaning it up (although it wasn't bad to begin with)...

Listen the Isles are a complete joke.  As fans the only option we have right now is to stay home, not spend a dime on this laughing stock.  Put being a fan on hold.  yes this hurts  but stop giving snow your money.  Look how long it took wang to fire Milbury.  We are stuck with Snow.  And Snow is never gonna fire Cappy now, he is way to pig headed to admit he is wrong.  He is like an incompetent version of Bellichek (without the cheating and without the winning)  Bellichek  thinks he is smarter than everyone else.  He will never admit he is wrong.  Just like snow.  There is another similarity between the two, as a Jets fan I despise Bellichek for what he has done to the Jets over the years.  As an Isles fan I despise Snow for what he has done to the team over the years. 

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

I am a diehard fan, but I do try to be objective and fair to all parties. Regarding the owner... given the interminable complexities and politics of the arena situation and the lack of municipal help (that every other local team rich and poor gets in one way or another), I understand the need to run a team on a budget. Fine, lots of teams do. The team is moving; but to be fair, his name is far, far down the totem pole when it comes time to list those responsible for that. He knows nothing about hockey; fact is, neither do many sports owners; the difference is the people they put in place to run hockey ops DO and THAT is where Wang can be vilified. And it's too bad; when he bought the team, Wang was a hero who rescued this franchise from conditions far worse than they are in now.


I met one of the Predators owners; he swears he himself knows zippo about hockey, but does know people; he/they hired David Poile; he does a great job in a tough market; that's a stable, competitive franchise. So, I don't care if Wang speaks to the media, that he was investigated for fraud or any of that. I do care that he hired Garth Snow. Wang is loyal to a fault (see: Milbury, Mike) and so it goes with his affinity for Snow.


The season is not over; though it is on life support. They did make the playoffs last year; every team played a 48 game schedule; the isles were one of the top 16 last year and they looked sensational at times (admit it, they did) with many of the players currently on the roster this year. They lack veteran leadership, size on D and toughness up front. The Vanek trade addressed none of those; maybe they can trade him again to address some of those needs. But in my view Snow can NOT be the one to do it. He's not good enough.


The business end of things I can understand to a point. Wang's personnel decisions are insupportable. In any event, the "fish rots from the head" and Charles Wang is fully culpable for hiring the people overseeing his team.



Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@firecappy The Sens are on a tight budget.  They probably could have gotten a better player, just didn't want to  pay him.

Don22
Don22

@snostormI'm not defending Wang, but the state of the team had no baring on the referendum.  People panicked when the heard the words "possible tax increase".  Nobody went in there saying if the team were better I would have voted Yes.  And I know that nobody wants to hear it, but I will say it again.  If he hadn't bought the team they would have been playing somewhere else a long time ago.  Would that be better than where we are today?  Maybe, just because they would have become a forgotten team by now.  For better or worse, this team is still in NY because of him.  With that said, I hold out hope that a)he starts to spend money in Brooklyn or b)he sells to someone that wants to.

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

Toronto? Highest ticket prices in the entire NHL. someone was raving about the Leafs masterful rebuild a few weeks ago when things were going well for the team, but things aren't going that great lately for them…does that make it a failure now?

rmreturns
rmreturns

@snostorm the maple leafs. 

Maybe the highest seat prices in the NHL. biggest profit margins, haven't won since the 1960's..They sell out every night. 

The Rangers- 

1 win in 7 decades, insane ticket prices, but loyal supporters

Rick Espinoza
Rick Espinoza

@isles rule heres what has to be done to fix the isles problems.......a good slap in the face to wang to knock some sense into him.

jpizzy
jpizzy

@hoverlow Belichick thinks he is smarter than everyone else, but he probably is. At least as far as football goes anyway. Snow doesn't belong in the same sentence though I certainly see your point. Also, Belichick has pressure to win, I'm not sure Snow feels any pressure to perform his job well. He's certainly not going to ever be fired or he would've already. 

dkdk
dkdk

Wang is an arrogant POS.

snostorm
snostorm

@Don22@snostorm 

That is total BS. If the team was even remotely legitimate and not the doormat of the league for over a decade there wouldnt have been as much apathy in the fanbase.  its precisely why the politicians could care less about keeping them.  If these issues where occurring when the team was winning cups do you think any politician at the time would have wanted to be linked to the team moving away? Not a snowballs chance in hell they where very popular and represented Long Island.


The move to Barclays has alienated whatever local fanbase is left. The arena sucks for hockey. The teams only hope for success would be Wang selling the team. He will not decide to spend at the Barclays. They will need investors and deep pockets to get NHL players to compliment any talent they have which isnt much Outside of JT.  This team needs a complete rebuild from the Net out.


And only then hope that the locals buy into Hockey in Brooklyn. Becuase most of the 13000 that where at tuesdays game wouldnt have been there if it was at the Barclays

shamwow
shamwow

@Lyle Odelein

Who am I to judge what constitutes "failure"...

Bu if you spent 7 years building your daughter's Barbie Funhouse, and yet it still lays in ruins out in the garage, maybe she has the right to think her daddy a fool.

islefansince72
islefansince72

@rmreturns@snostorm

Bunch of crap.

The Rangers have MORE fans than other teams. Does not mean they are better or more "loyal". Corporate sponsors from NYC, corporate season tickets (which is what really drives attendance figure for any team, any sport).There are plenty of fly by night NYR fans, just like any other team

shamwow
shamwow

@dkdk

Chuck Wang is a known fraud - hey, securities investigations are a bitch, aren't they?


And Chuck is so paranoid he uses hired hacks to patrol blogs in effort to dispel the truth.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@tpjm

Your post here sounds like a huge leap in speculation, there is absolutely no question that the move to Bklyn. will lose many more fans then they will attract, you can bet on that.

tag1
tag1

@tpjm Hey Bert, don't blame the residents and politicians for the Isles woes blame Isles ownership which has been a disaster the past 20 years. Losing season after losing season. You are in for a big surprise if you think this crap will draw in the basketball gym in congested bklyn.

tpjm
tpjm

@snostorm

Total garbage from you as usual. NYI was trying to get a new arena on LI since the late 80s long before Wang. It failed every time. Nobody on LI cares about NYI.  Not the people or the politicians. Apathy among LI residents is why the referendum failed not Wang. Attendance has sucked since the late 80s soon after the dynasty.

Moving away from LI into Brooklyn is the best thing to ever happen to this God forsaken franchise. More attention, fans, media and money.  Stop crying already.

You're the worst poster I've ever seen on the internet.....except for maybe tag.

Chris R
Chris R

@rmreturns @islefansince72  yea but the rags and leafs aren't laughing stocks of the NHL..big difference there.  They spend money, i don't mind my team not winning for a while in exchange for being competitive every year..

shamwow
shamwow

@rmreturns@shamwow

Get your talking point sheets in order, pal...Chuck Wang was, in fact, sued in Federal Civil Court - where he fought the case to a standstill over the better part of a decade; and the ruling was rendered by a judge, not a jury of his peers...

And as to your definition of what constitutes "guilt" - "not found guilty" is hardly tantamount to innocence... fallacious argument, but a damn good talking point.

red2
red2

@shamwow @red2 @Don22 

Again,,, I am not defending the man.  As I said, he certainly appears guilty in the court of public opinion.  I even called him a snake in the grass.  My point, and Don22's point, has to do with the constant calls for him to sell, and the accusations that he is a crook.  That will accomplish nothing.  He will only sell this team when he is good and ready, and real courts of law have already exonerated him.  I understand this site is an avenue to vent and that's what a lot of posters wish to do but, I really doubt he evens reads this site.  All those complaints are falling on deaf ears...

shamwow
shamwow

@red2@shamwow@Don22

$700 million can sure buy a defendant a lot of "wriggle" room in Federal Court...

And while you're at it, just so you're not convinced Computer Associates was a one crime and done, Google Chuck Wang and "Smile Train" charity... the Board was set to resign en masse saying, "Wang ran the charity like it was his own personal piggy bank."

red2
red2

@shamwow @red2 @bubbamac19 @Don22 

That was the ultimate prize, development of the Coliseum site, the same as his goal in purchasing the Commander Oil site in Oyster Bay.  He has failed on both fronts and that is part of the reason his billions have turned into millions on Forbes latest ratings.  Some might wish to speculate that the sour taste acquired in those failures is the reason he could care less about the fortunes of his hockey team.  It has always been noted that he was never a hockey fan, and only bought the team as a favor to Alphonse D'Amato, a purchase that ordained him a savior to all the fans of the team.  That image appears a bit tarnished today, no???

shamwow
shamwow

@red2@bubbamac19@Don22

Now why would Chuck Wang hire and retain inexperienced (Snow) yes men (Milbury) to run the affairs of the NY Islanders? Well, at Computer Associates, he did so in order to propagate a financial fraud scheme - so said investigators... But what fraud scheme required Chuck buying the Islanders and hiring front men? Hmm? Nah! Couldn't have had anything to do with those 77 acres in Hempstead.

red2
red2

@shamwow @Don22 @red2  

Please add the fact that he was sued for $500 million of that bonus by CA and the case was finally  thrown out of federal court In a ruling of November 2011by senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Platt Jr.  He ordered the case closed after more than seven years of arguments and appeals.  Once again I state, Wang wriggled off the hook...  

red2
red2

@bubbamac19 @Don22 @red2 

That would be me that posted that link, Bubbamac.  It is informative and explains the why and wherefore that allowed Wang to walk away from CA unscathed.  I do agree wholeheartedly with you about his personnel decisions in the GM department though.  As was the case at CA, Wang wants his minions to be beholding.  Both Milbury and Snow are just that.  As long as they remain loyal to him, he remains loyal to them.  Unfortunately that really doesn't solve the problem... 

shamwow
shamwow

@Don22@red2

The public record is available to anyone interested in reading it; outside forensic accountants and Securities investigators said of Wang, "The fraud scheme began at the top... and was conducted and controlled directly by Wang." Chuck also gave himself a 700M bonus just before the company stock price collapsed when the scandal broke...He also brought in Sanjay Kumar as co-owner of the Islanders... Now you might not like the facts, and facts are very difficult things, Don22, but fraud, malfeasance, deceit, and hubris go a long way in explaining what Chuck Wang's done to the Islanders... Oh, and OJ was never convicted of murder; Nixon never found guilty of a cover-up; and Hitler never put on trial for war crimes... all of them "innocent" according to your warped logic.

red2
red2

@Don22 @red2 

There seems to be a lot of that on this board,,, the pointing fingers and name calling.  But I will make the assumption that you are of an age that makes you more tolerant.  A wizened approach to what goes on here is the best way to stay ahead of the shenanigans that some here like to foist off as fact.  The only fact that really matters is, we are losing once again in another season that is slipping away.  Ranting about that fact solves nothing except the allowance that you can use this place to vent. 

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@Don22@red2 Good morning guys; I've followed the conversation and Don, I read the link (and its subsequent links) that you provided. I really appreciate that you did dip your toe in and shed some clarity on this for anyone willing to take some time and read. Thank you very much. And I agree with both of you; whatever Wang's character (or lack of it) I understand why the team is run on its budget; but his personnel decisions (Milbury, Snow) have been crippling. What I found most intriguing in the link Don provided was the piece that mentioned Wang had hired inexperienced execs at CA to better control them. Naturally, Snow's name came immediately to mind and I am forced to wonder if that's the case here.

Don22
Don22

@red2@Don22Thanks Red.  Things have gotten better since.

As I said before, I don't defend Wang and how he has run this team.  I don't necessarily blame him based on the money he has lost.  He did try back when with Peca, Yashin, Smythe etc.  But when he couldn't get his LH approved, he decided it was time to just run the team as a business.  For better or worse, that is what he has been doing. I don't like it either and I wish there were changes.  But I do defend Wang, and really anyone when people are saying things that are inaccurate or just plain idiotic.  And I'm not saying that was you.

red2
red2

@Don22 @red2 

I hope you landed on your feet, and put that experience in the rear view mirror of your life...

And I really don't hold Wang fully accountable for the Islanders problems either.  He is the proverbial Scrooge, but he has also lost tons of money.  There are many other factors at work here when it comes to the failure of this team to make any advances over the past 20 years.  Money might be at the fore front but, poor personnel decisions specifically on Milbury's part, juggling coaches and the physical condition of the Coliseum along with the political atmosphere surrounding it have had an impact, too.  It's just really a sad state of affairs to right now be a fan of this team.  And as I have stated over the past few days, the current coach has lost this team.  He lost it weeks ago but, nothing has been done to change that and right now that's the biggest problem...

Don22
Don22

@red2My response really was to what Shawmwow and others had said.  I'm not defending him and gun to my head, I'd say he knew what was going on too.

I worked there (not in any financial capacity) and saw 1st hand how he ran the business.  It was shrewd, but profitable and employees were treated very well in terms of amenities (not always salary).  I lost my job there in a layoff as a direct result of the scandal, so there is no love lost between me and CA upper management.

red2
red2

@Don22 @red2 @rmreturns @shamwow 

If you notice, I did not call him a criminal, just a snake in the grass.  A crime was committed, and the accused were sentenced.  Wang was never formally accused, therefore as I said, he wriggled off the hook.  It is just in the court of public opinion that he is getting blasted for his participation in that scandal and as fans of this team, many are using that as a means to find fault with management of the Islanders.  I also might add that of all those here that do call him a criminal, I have yet to hear of one being sued for slander...

Don22
Don22

@red2@rmreturns@shamwowCan't dispute any of that.  But there wasn't any evidence and he wasn't convicted.  Therefore, to constantly call him a criminal is inaccurate.  I'm willing to be that at least some of the people here posting those choice words have been accused of a (lesser) crime and weren't convicted.  Would it be accurate to call them a criminal?


I know it comes off as defending Wang, when all I really am getting at is just because there is "Freedom of Speech" doesn't mean you can write whatever you want. 

red2
red2

@rmreturns @shamwow  

I am going to dip my toes into this, against my better judgement...

Charles Wang ran CA like a zealot.  He was a control freak who watched over every aspect of his company.  To claim that he knew nothing of the ten year fraud that was occurring in the office right next door to him is absurd, but to this day he has skated past the controversy and will never be held accountable as the statute of limitations has expired.  It is suggested that the primary reason he was never charged with any crime was the lack of any physical evidence.  Wang didn't even have an e-mail address at the time, opting to remain completely anonymous with no digital foot print while running a computer technology company.  Call that cunning if you will but, there was no paper or electronic trail of any crime on his part, just the testimony of Sanjay Kumar who was already convicted of fraud in the case.  Wang wriggled off the hook so to speak, and now the government has no recourse to charge him with any crime.  But in the court of public opinion, there is obviously a different take on the scandal.  Few supported him, many tried to sue him, but like a snake in the grass, Wang slithered away...

http://www.itbusinessedge.com/cm/blogs/tennant/as-charles-wang-s-world-crumbles-justice-is-served/?cs=44601   

Don22
Don22

@islefansince72@rmreturns@snostormWell then by your account, chances are when the Isles move they are going to have a great fan base.  They are going to get increased corporate revenue and for the 1st few years at least they are going to sell a lot of tickets.  

I agree, Rangers fans should feel more abused.  But I guess they are happy to at least spend money on players, even if it is often misspent.

rmreturns
rmreturns

@shamwow..exactly how does that tie into the Islanders fan Base? 


but off topic- was he arrested, charged, or fought into civil court where the burden of proof moves from "beyond reasonable count" to simple majority?


failing that, he is as guilty as the Duke Lacrosse team- an easy target, but not a guilty one.

4xdynasty
4xdynasty

Having unfortunately missed the the dynasty years...born in 81....I never got to experience the winning culture of fort neverlose. We are absolutely the most abused fan base. Ownership issues lasting countless years...frauds and fakes....the fisherman jersey....the ludacris contracts.....mike milbury for what seemed an eternity....voted off of the island by our own residents...carousel of coaches....then the aging barn...what have I missed? So the leafs don't have a cup in recent history. ..they havent been the laughingstock of the nhl for what seems like forever. Islanders fans have been put through the wringer since the dynasty years

shamwow
shamwow

@islefansince72@shamwow@rmreturns I was responding to rm - none more loyal to that criminal degenerate than he.

Does Chuck at least provide medical and dental benefits to his hack patrol?

islefansince72
islefansince72

@shamwow@rmreturns@islefansince72

My point had nothing to do with the Isles or Wang, but rather was in response to Rms comment "NYR have loyal supporters"

They are no more "loyal" than Isle fans, just they there are more of them.

No oversight at all.

shamwow
shamwow

@rmreturns@islefansince72

Neither Leafs, nor Rangers, have ownership accused by Securities investigators of having conducted, "One of the most far-reaching frauds in tech sector history... operated and directed from the top by Charles Wang"

Yeah, just a minor oversight on your part, rm

rmreturns
rmreturns

@islefansince72..the question was-most abused fan base.. 

Rangers- 1 win in 7 decades, expensive tickets

Leafs- biggest profits, expensive tickets, no wins in nearly 50 years.


i see you disagree.