When one thinks of the position free agent WR Victor Cruz is currently in with the New York Giants, it’s hard to forget about the constant bickering that occurred for several seasons with former Giants’ DE Osi Umenyiora. The Giants never obliged on Umenyiora’s request of getting a new long-term deal. Umenyiora is now with the Atlanta Falcons, and he didn’t get the deal he was initially looking for there either.
Umenyiora was already in the middle of a long-term deal back in 2008 when he began requesting a new deal that would pay him among the top defensive ends in the league. The Giants refused, and it was an ongoing affair between the two sides for a couple of offseasons. Umenyiora even brought the matter to court during the 2011 lockout, accusing general manager Jerry Reese of reneging on promises.
While Umenyiora decided to handle things through the media, Cruz has been silent throughout the negotiations. Reports surfaced earlier this offseason that the Giants offered Cruz roughly $7 million per season for about four years. Neither side has confirmed it, but that is pretty much all that has been stated about negotiations.
Umenyiora praised Cruz for keeping negotiations private. “Going public will get you nowhere,” Umenyiora told USA Today when asked about the negotiations between Cruz and the Giants. Umenyiora knows this for sure because it didn’t get him anywhere.
The silence from Cruz has angered and frustrated some fans, who are nervous of the possibility he will not be with the team long-term. Cruz is handling the negotiations the right way. He should not bad-mouth the Giants, and the Giants should refrain from doing the same. This makes it much easier for both sides to compromise a bit without the cameras reporting every detail of the negotiations, which in turn will get a deal done.