Report: Next week ‘regarded as important’ for Cruz, Giants

The next week will be “regarded as important” for the talks between restricted free agent Victor Cruz and the New York Giants as the two sides look to agree to a long-term contract, sources tell Pro Football Talk.

Earlier today, Giants co-owner John Mara expressed confidence the two sides would agree to a deal soon.

The PFT report states the next seven to 10 days will be important to the progress of Cruz and the Giants reaching a deal, though the timeline is a bit head-scratching considering there are no significant deadlines or milestones approaching.

One deadline, June 17, marks the date the team can reduce Cruz’s one-year tender from $2.879 million to $1.19 million. Cruz has until Week 10 of the regular season to agree to his tender. The last wide receiver to do that was Vincent Jackson in 2010 while with the Chargers.

Cruz has yet to appear at Giants off-season workouts, though it has been reported he has been offered a deal worth close to $8 million per season, with between $15-18 million in guaranteed money.

Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe set the bar for No. 1 wide receiver money, signing a deal worth more than $11 million per year in March. Though Cruz would like to be paid like a No. 1 wideout, the Giants view Cruz as a high-end slot receiver.

On another Venting Machine, Loud Mouths talks about an inevitable deal with Cruz and the Giants, Kuroda’s great start and interleague play.

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