Many fans of the New York Giants are certainly focused on the ongoing negotiations between the team and WR Victor Cruz. It appears as if Cruz is looking for $10 million per year while the Giants have only offered roughly $7 million per season. However, that isn’t the real long-term issue when one starts to think about the negotiations.
Once the Giants and Cruz come to an agreement on a deal, the next in line for contract extensions are DE Jason Pierre-Paul and WR Hakeem Nicks. It’s a good problem to have for general manager Jerry Reese, as it indicates he has used his draft picks wisely and has built a solid team around franchise QB Eli Manning.
The Giants view Cruz as a #1 receiver, in comparison to the deals other receivers have received lately. However, the Giants certainly view Nicks as a #1 receiver as well, and he’ll look to be paid like one also. This becomes an interesting dilemma to the negotiations for Cruz. He knows the current salary cap situation so he’ll probably cut the team some slack.
Cruz has had 82 catches in each of the past two seasons, but his yardage dipped from the Super Bowl-winning 2011 season to the 2012 season. The decline in production for Nicks was very evident, as he suffered through an injury-riddled season. Still, many believe he’s the primary wide receiver, so that helps him when negotiations begin.
It does set up for an interesting plot when the negotiations for Cruz are finalized. That will most likely set the stage for what Nicks will be looking for which may be more than Cruz ends up with. The Giants have a tough one on their hands, and they’ll need all the luck they can get.