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Cruz Signs His 1-Year, $2.879 Million Tender: Though not officially announced, according to multiple press reports, restricted free agent WR Victor Cruz has signed his 1-year, $2.879 million tender. This means it is unlikely that Cruz will hold out of training camp while negotiations on a long-term deal continue since he can be fined $30,000 per day if he holds out. It also prevents the Giants from lowering Cruz’s tender to $630,000, which the team could have done on Monday.
“I’m going to sign my tender today and will continue talks for a long-term deal before camp starts,” said Cruz on Friday morning before he signed the tender.
The Daily News is reporting that the Giants are currently offering Cruz a long-term deal worth more than $8 million per season, but Cruz is supposedly refusing to accept anything below $9 million per season. The Daily News is also reporting that the Giants had not ruled out lowering Cruz’s tender to $630,000. Indeed, NFL.com is reporting that the Giants were going to reduce his tender.
Cruz skipped the Giants’ offseason workout program, all nine Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices, and the recently-completed mini-camp. He did participate in some private workouts for a few days with QB Eli Manning, WR Hakeem Nicks, and WR Louis Murphy at Duke University in April.
Because of this move, we have updated the Transactions, Free Agent Signings (with scouting report), and Free Agent Scorecard sections of the website.
Two Giants’ Draft Picks Remain Unsigned: Five of the Giants’ seven 2013 NFL Draft picks signed weeks ago. The two who have not signed yet are OL Justin Pugh (1st round) and QB Ryan Nassib (4th round).
“I’m not missing any training camp, I know that right now,’’ said Pugh. “They do things the right way here, so I know we’ll get it done. I’m not worried about it.”
Austin Had Knee Surgery in January: DT Marvin Austin revealed on Thursday that he underwent surgery in January to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Austin, the Giants’ 2nd round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, has had a rough start to his pro career. He missed all of his rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle and he only saw very limited playing time in 2012.
“You see the competition (at defensive tackle),” said Austin. “I want to make this team. I’ve got to show them what I can do. I haven’t shown them anything. Some things don’t have to be said.”
Sights and Sounds from Mini-Camp: A sights and sounds video of action from the Giants’ recently-completed mini-camp (June 11-13) is available at Giants.com.
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Article on CB Prince Amukamara: Giants Want Prince to Be ‘More of a Professional,’ Become Defensive Leader by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post
Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Giants Cornerback Focused on Recovery, but Also the Future by Tom Pedulla of The New York Times
Article on WR Rueben Randle: Rueben Randle Making Big Strides in Second Season by Bob Glauber of Newsday
Article on the Giants’ Kick Return Game: Will Wilson’s Kick Returner Role Be Reduced? by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com
Quotes: DT Johnathan Hankins on himself: “I can move, I can pass rush, and I can be a factor out there. With the schemes that they’ve got now, they’ve got me basically playing what I was in college – a little end, a little inside, so pretty much everywhere on the line. I’m just learning all the positions and the plays.”