Contract talks between the New York Giants and wide receiver Victor Cruz were tabled earlier this season as the two parties couldn’t get on the same page.
Now that the season is over for New York, statistics are final and contract negotiations can resume.
“It got tabled for a couple weeks, mainly because of the two sides agreeing to disagree at the same time,” Cruz said on WFAN Radio “Now that the season’s over and the statistics are what they are, I think we’re going to get back and pick up the pen again and see what we can do.”
Cruz finished the season with a career-high 86 receptions for 1,092 yards and a career-best 10 touchdowns, a year removed from his breakout campaign in which he totaled 1,500 yards and nine scores.
Again the top target of quarterback Eli Manning, Cruz, a restricted a free agent, is expected to demand somewhere between $8 and $10 million per year, according to reports. He made $540,000 this season.
“I feel positive that I’m gonna be in New York for a very long time … And I feel positive that myself and my agents will get something done with the management of the Giants,” Cruz said.
“I feel comfortable where we’re at. I think I’ve done enough to show them I’m a good guy on and off the field, and that I’ve done everything positive up until this point to prove that I’m somebody that the organization will want to keep around for a long time. I’m positive things will come around and a positive outcome will come out of all this.”
Cruz is one of 22 free agents the organization must make a decision on this off-season. After producing yet another successful season, he’s likely going to be a top priority for Big Blue.
Fellow wideout Domenik Hixon is also a free agent this off-season, and Hakeem Nicks, who battled knee and foot injuries throughout the year and produced career-lows in a number of statistical categories, is entering the final year of his deal.
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