Don’t expect to see New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz at OTAs (organized team activities) this week.
The Giants and their star wide receiver still remain at odds over a long-term contract that would prevent Cruz from testing free agency next offseason.
The Giants and Cruz are still apart on the dollar amount. Cruz reportedly lowered his demand from $10-11 million per season, but the Giants are prepared to offer something in the neighborhood of $7-8 million per year. The two sides will have to meet in the middle for a deal to get done.
Despite lowering his demands, the New York Daily News reported that there’s “nothing imminent” between Cruz and the Giants. For his part, Giants owner’ John Mara is confident that a deal will get done, according to the NFL Network.
“This is not that atypical a situation. Player contracts, particularly with star players like Victor, can tend to drag on from time to time. I think we’ll get it done,” Mara told the NFL Network, according to NFL.com.
Meanwhile, Cruz isn’t answering questions about the contract, despite making several public appearances during the negotiating process.
Of course, it’s not a big deal if Cruz misses voluntary OTAs, which begin on Wednesday, May 22. The key is for the Giants and Cruz to come to terms by June 17. If that doesn’t happen, the Giants can lower their tender offer from $2.87 million to $600,000. Cruz will likely hold out should New York choose to go that route and decide to test free agency next offseason.
OTAs aside, the Giants and Cruz need to get a contract in place before a holdout becomes a distinct possibility.