There are questions surrounding New York Giants wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks heading into this week’s OTAs (organized team activities), but for different reasons.
The Giants and Cruz continue to work on a long-term contract extension that’ll keep the star receiver in Big Blue. Initially, Cruz demanded $10-11 million per season, but has since come down from that number. The Giants are looking to pay Cruz in the range of $7-8 million. If the sides don’t come to terms by June 17, the Giants can lower their tender offer from from $2.8 million to $600,000.
“We’re talking. (Cruz’s agent) Tom Condon is talking to (general manager) Jerry Reese and I’m personally confident that Victor wants to be a Giant, will be a Giant,” Giants’ owner Steve Tisch said, according to USA Today.
With Nicks becoming a free agent at the end of the 2013 season, the Giants need figure out how to sign both of Eli Manning’s best weapons.
Meanwhile, Nicks is recovering from foot and knee injuries that plagued him during much of the 2012. During last season’s OTAs, he suffered a broken bone in his right foot that kept him out for three months and would limit him throughout the regular season.
This time around, the Giants and Nicks are playing it safe. The 25-year-old is still working himself back into football shape and won’t be at full-speed during this week’s practices.
“My body’s feeling good. My goal is to be full-go by the season, by training camp. So this time that I have now is to get myself back in football shape, football condition. It’s been a while. So that’s all I’m doing right now,” Nicks said, according to The Record.
Nicks, who is now New York’s longest-tenured receiver with the departure of Domenik Hixon, is ready to take over a leadership role.
“In the wide receiving room, I’ve been around the longest. I’ve just got to take it stride for stride,” Nicks said, according to the New York Daily News.
OTAs mark the beginning of a crucial season for Nicks as he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2013 season.