Tom Coughlin: ‘We Want Victor to Be a Giant’

During his book release earlier today, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin used the story of one of his players to demonstrate some of the learning points.

Victor Cruz, a restricted free agent whose future with team remains in question at the moment, represents the epitome of “working hard when no one is watching,” according to Coughlin, one of the principles mentioned in his book.

When asked about Cruz’s future in New York, Coughin had this to say:

“I like to think that I can control everything, and that I can have something to do with making sure that something gets done that I think would be beneficial to everyone … And certainly I believe that about Victor. We want Victor to be a Giant until the end of his career, but obviously he and his people, his agents, they’ve got to make that call. It’s a little bit frustrating in that you’d like to have it done, that’s all.”

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 Giants must find a way to pay Cruz and fellow wideout Hakeem Nicks. Also, tight end Martellus Bennett and safeties Kenny Phillips and Stevie Brown are free agents.

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