Tapping Into Victor Cruz Money?
The New York Giants agreed to a five-year deal with OL Will Beatty, a deal that is reported to be worth approximately $40 million. The Giants still have a number of free agents they would like to re-sign, so paying almost $40 million to Beatty may come off as a surprise to some.
Beatty isn’t the highest paid left tackle in the game. However, Beatty has played the position quite well, and general manager Jerry Reese said Beatty is “one of the ascending left tackles in the NFL.” While Beatty doesn’t have to deal with the stress of an off-season shopping his whereabouts, Cruz continues to engage in tenuous negotiations with the team.
The Giants would like to bring back Cruz, but at a reasonable price. Giants’ co-owner John Mara stated a couple of weeks ago that the Giants will have a limit as to how far they’ll go to sign Cruz. Mara indicated Cruz’s asking price was currently too high. In all likelihood, the Giants might place the first-round tender on Cruz, which would probably be approximately $3 million.
It isn’t clear how Cruz feels about the Giants dishing out $40 million to an offensive lineman. However, protecting QB Eli Manning’s blind side is very important, so the Giants needed to secure Beatty. They also need to bring back OL Kevin Boothe, who has been decent on the line as well. Still, Cruz has to feel the Giants may not value him as much as he thought.
There was a report that came out about a month ago that said the Giants would prioritize WR Hakeem Nicks over Cruz as they see Nicks as a #1 receiver. The Giants have denied those reports, but it could very well be true. The Giants may wait and tender Cruz, giving them more time to see how they can lock up Cruz and Nicks long-term.
The Giants have a lot to worry about. That’s a good thing, however. There aren’t many teams with the amount of talent the Giants have.