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Conflicting Reports: Are the Giants and Cruz Close to a Deal?: According to The New York Post, a source informed the paper that restricted free agent WR Victor Cruz and the Giants “are on the 2-yard line” in their efforts to come to an agreement on a long-term deal. “Both sides just need to give a little bit,” said the source. “But it’s going to happen.”
Cruz has remained silent on the contract talks from the beginning, but he did talk to The Post yesterday.
“In a perfect world I want to finish my career here,” Cruz said. “I’m from here, born and raised in New Jersey. I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else. But I understand it’s a business and all of that. In a perfect world, this is there I’d like to be.”
The Post asked Cruz if a new deal is close. Cruz responded, “I’d rather not answer any type of questions now but it’s moving.”
On the other hand, USA Today, The Daily News, The Bergen Record, and ESPN New York, responding to rumors that a deal may be close, all reported yesterday that their sources say a Giants-Cruz deal is not imminent. However, The Daily News does say that progress between both sides has been made and that Cruz has lowered his demands to closer to what the Giants are offering, believed to be in the $8 million per season range.
Instead of signing a long-term deal, Cruz could simply sign the Giants’ 1-year, $2.879 million tender offer. But if he does not sign that soon, the Giants have the option to lower that tender to $630,000 on June 17. Cruz has missed almost five weeks of the Giants’ 9-week voluntary offseason workout program.
Next week, the 4-week “Phase Three” of the program begins, which includes non-contact offense vs. defense practices. The Giants also hold Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices in late May/early June and a mandatory mini-camp on June 11.
“I hope he’s able to get something done where he can get into these OTAs and get into minicamp and have a few weeks of getting some live work and have some times and reps and things and just put some thoughts in his head on things we need to improve on for next season,” said QB Eli Manning yesterday.
Two Giants Claimed Off of Waivers: Two Giants who were waived on Saturday have been claimed by other teams. The Kansas City Chiefs claimed CB Buddy Jackson and the New York Jets claimed WR Marcus Davis. The Giants waived both when they decided to keep tryout players CB Junior Mertile (Florida International) and WR Jeremy Horne (ex-Kansas City Chiefs).
Giants.com Q&A With S Cooper Taylor: The video of a recent Giants.com interview with S Cooper Taylor is available at Giants.com.
Giants.com Q&A With RB Michael Cox: The transcript of a recent Giants.com interview with RB Michael Cox is available at Giants.com.
Quotes: DE Justin Tuck on LB Aaron Curry: “The only thing I know about him is what he did in college. The NFL hasn’t been as kind to him as I’m sure he would like it to be, but sometimes you need a fresh start and hopefully this will be a match made in heaven for him. He can play the game. He wouldn’t have been the fourth overall pick if he couldn’t play the game. I know health has been an issue for him…I think Aaron has just a good of a chance of making a huge impact on this football team as any of us.”
BBI Giant of the Year Voting Continues: Registered BBI members can cast their vote for the 2012 BBI Giant of the Year here.
The annual award is given to the Giants’ player, coach or member of the front office who most contributed to the team’s success on the field in a given year. The vote is held at the end of each season by members of the BBI community and the award is presented at a ceremony on the practice fields during training camp. For a listing of past winners, see the BBI Giant of the Year section of the website.