New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is losing patience with the contract situation revolving around star wide receiver Victor Cruz.
“I’ve been optimistic since day one and it hasn’t gotten me anywhere, has it?” Coughlin told reporters following the first day of Giants minicamp on Tuesday.
“The clock is running.The calendar dates are going by,” Coughlin added. “This is something that at least we could have benefitted by, if nothing else, this mini camp. But you have to realize that there is no contract at this time. So without a contract, he’s not going to be here.”
Initially, Cruz commanded a long-term deal in the range of $10-11 million per season, but has since come down from that demand. Meanwhile, the Giants’ offer of an extension worth $7 million per season remains on the table.
The Giants also offered Cruz a first-round tender worth $2.879 million this season, but that offer also remains unsigned. The Giants can lower the tender offer to $660,000 if it isn’t signed by June 14, but aren’t expected to take that step.
Quarterback Eli Manning got one of his top weapons back when Hakeem Nicks arrived for the first day of minicamp, avoiding a fine of over $20,000 for each day missed.
It’s a good bet that Cruz will hold out if the situation is not resolved by the start of training camp on July 26. In that case, Coughlin’s frustration just may boil over.