The Giants would like nothing more than to lock up WR Victor Cruz to a long-term deal this offseason. Right now, that deal is not even close to getting done.
CEO John Mara told the media today while signing Cruz remains a high priority, the team has other needs and priorities as well. He said Cruz was asking too much money right now and the team would continue negotiating. Mara also said the Giants would place a high round tender on Cruz for this season if a deal could not get done before the deadline.
“We certainly want him back, but like with any player, there’s a limit to where we’re going to go,” Mara said as per Jenny Vrentas of the Ledger. “He’s been a terrific player for us, he’s a fan favorite, he does a lot for our franchise, but there is a limit.”
More from Jenny: Asked if Cruz’s asking price is unreasonable, Mara said, “Well, right now, but that’s his agent. But that’s what agents do, and we’ve got a lot of time to work something out, and hopefully we’ll be able to come together.”
Mara said “we have a year to get that worked out.” Cruz has played three NFL seasons and is a restricted free agent, so the Giants could tender him to hold onto him in the short-term while they continue to work on a long-term deal.
“Certainly if we are not able to reach an agreement with him, that would be our intention, yes,” Mara said of a tender. Mara would not confirm what tender they would use, but he indicated it would be at the first-round level, adding “you could assume it would be a relatively high tender.”