Found February 01, 2013 on Down and Distance:
The New York Giants have enjoyed the success that they’ve had with breakout receiver Victor Cruz. They’ve hoisted the Lombardi trophy with his help, and he’s become a familiar face with the Franchise. This year, he’s an unrestricted free agent, and Giants owner John Mara says that he’d like to keep him, but right now he’s asking for too much money. Giants owner John Mara says that WR Victor Cruz is asking for too much money (US PRESSWIRE) Cruz should be testing the market, and he may command a first-round tender while doing so. He has over 2,600 yards and 19 touchdowns over the last two seasons, and has enjoyed a trip to Hawaii to play in the Pro Bowl. He’s worth the money, especially for the low amount they’ve been paying him over the last couple years as an undrafted player. Last season, he made just 540k on the year, an absolute bargain for the Giants. When asked if he thought Cruz would be back with the team, Mara responded: “I hope so, and we certainly want him back,” Mara told Newsday’s Bob Glauber, via NFL.com “But, like with any player, there’s a limit to where we’re going to go (monetarily). He’s been a terrific player for us, he’s a fan favorite, he does a lot for our franchise, but there is a limit. But I hope we can get him back, and you know what, this is the best place for him to be playing. He’s become such a fan favorite, he’s become so popular in this area. I think it’s in his best interest to stay. But that’s sales pitch anyway. I think we’ll get something done. … But if not, God bless him, we’ll wish him luck.” “In an ideal world, yeah, we would like to have him back,” Mara said. “But I understand he’s going to test the market and he’s entitled to do that but we’ll see what happens down the road. … There’s a limit with any player, you have a salary cap, if you spend too much money on him, that’s going to limit what you can do in other areas where we have needs. So I’m hopeful that we’re going to be able to make a deal. We have a year to get that worked out. He is a high priority, he absolutely is, but he’s not our only priority. You have to have 53 guys signed and we have some needs in other areas, too. But listen, we do want him back and he is certainly a priority and I’m still optimistic about it.” The Giants currently have 22 players that are free agents, whether restricted or not. They have a few holes to fill after back-to-back 9-7 seasons, and they’ll need to spread their money out as Mara eluded to. He is definitely worthy of a new contract, and if the Giants let him slip away they’d be hard pressed to find someone that could fill that void. Cruz was also non-committal on returning to the team without a holdout if they put a tender on him, saying “I have no answer to that”.  They hope to keep him, and Cruz likely would like to stay with the team that gave him his chance. This is the way negotiations usually go, with one side making a larger-than-expected offer, and the other side bargaining. That’s why they’re called negotiations, it’s just unusual for an owner to air out what is going on in negotiations. My hunch is that they’ll get Cruz a new deal and he’ll remain with the team that helped him get a Championship Ring.   Follow us on Twitter @DownandDistance Down and Distance Editor-in-Chief – Justin Arbogast @NFLGuy_SK The post John Mara: Victor Cruz is asking for too much money appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
PAY THE MAN!

Victor Cruz planning to holdout?

Victor Cruz's journey from undrafted nobody to NFL superstar is now complete, and now it looks as if the All-Pro wideout wants to be paid as such.

No Progress Regarding A Contract Extension For Giants WR Victor Cruz

While appearing on Sirius XM NFL radio, Giants WR Victor Cruz mentioned that there hasn’t been any progress made towards a long-term agreement with the two sides.  “We’re just waiting for them to come back to us … I’m not getting antsy at all,” said Cruz, per Ralph Vacchiano. Given the lack of progress, it seems likely that the Giants are prepared to use their...

Victor Cruz Willing To Hold Out For A New Contract?

Giants WR Victor Cruz didn’t rule out the possibility that he could hold out for a new contact if talks regarding a long-term deal don’t progress in the coming months. “I have no answer to that,” said Cruz when asked if he would be willing to hold out. Cruz will be a restricted free agent in the next few months, but the two sides appear to be no closer to reaching an agreement...

Giants Owner Says Victor Cruz Is Asking For Too Much Money Right Now

Victor Cruz has outplayed his rookie contract and is set to become an unrestricted free agent.  Cruz wants a new deal, the Giants obviously want to give him a new deal, so whats the holdup. Per the Star-Ledger, Giants co-owner John Mara wants a deal to get done, but says there’s a limit to everything. “We certainly want him back, but like with any player, there’s a limit to...

Victor Cruz Could Hold-Out If Giants Don’t Give Him New Deal

Things can turn for the worse in a few seconds in this new age of social media and rumor mills.  For months we’ve been hearing about Victor Cruz and the New York Giants almost certainly coming to an agreement on a new deal, it was just about when. Things have began to stall for the Pro Bowl wide receiver and the Giants, and now both parties are getting antsy.  Owner John Mara...

John Mara says Victor Cruz is asking for too much money

New York Giants owner John Mara indicated today that wide receiver Victor Cruz is asking for too much money right now. Mara was asked if he thinks a deal will get done before next season. “I hope so, and we certainly want him back. But, like with any player, there’s a limit to where we’re going to go [monetarily]. He’s been a terrific player for us, he’s a fan favorite...

Giants WR Cruz wants big raise

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz wants a big pay raise, but owner John Mara said those demands will not be met anytime soon, according to the New York Post. Cruz, who will become a restricted free agent after the 2013 season, wants to be paid like a top receiver. He has performed like one the past two seasons. In 2012, he made 86 catches for 1,092 yards with 10 touchdowns...

Giants Owner says Victor Cruz is asking for Too Much Money

  Victor Cruz has by all means outplayed his rookie deal and deserves to be compensated for his surprising above average production. The New York Giants know this and by all means want to keep Cruz long-term. The problem comes with trying to determine how much is Cruz worth. Something that Cruz’s agent and the [...]

Giants have reportedly placed a higher priority on re-signing Nicks than Cruz

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the New York Giants have placed a higher priority on extending wide receiver Hakeem Nicks’ contract than Victor Cruz, who’s going to be a restricted free agent. Giants owner John Mara has already indicated that Cruz is asking for too much money.  With Cruz being a RFA, they don’t need to rush to sign him, which gives the Giants some leverage...

Report: Hakeem Nicks Is Giants Top Priority, Not Victor Cruz

The battle between the New York Giants and wide receiver Victor Cruz may get a little more intense if the news being reported is accurate. Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that according to his sources, wide receiver Hakeen Nicks and his new deal is the Giants top priority, and not Victor Cruz. The 25-year-old Nicks has one year remaining on his contract, and the team feels...

Report: Hakeem Nicks Is Giants Priority, Not Victor Cruz

The battle between the New York Giants and wide receiver Victor Cruz may get a little more intense if the news being reported is accurate. Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that according to his sources, wide receiver Hakeen Nicks and his new deal is the Giants top priority, and not Victor Cruz. The 25-year-old Nicks has one year remaining on his contract, and the team feels he...

Brrrr: Goodell, Mara talk about '14 NJ Super Bowl

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says next year's Super Bowl at the stadium used by the Giants and Jets will ''have an impact on future decisions for open-air, cold-weather sites.'' Goodell said Friday at his pre-Super Bowl news conference that the league ''will be prepared for the weather factor'' for the Feb. 2, 2014, championship game in East...

Giants Prioritizing The Signing Of Hakeem Nicks Over Victor Cruz?

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the New York Giants are prioritizing the signing of WR Hakeem Nicks over restricted free agent WR Victor Cruz. Nicks, 25, has one year remaining on his rookie contract, so the team’s decision to focus on locking him up before Cruz suggests that they see him as a legitimate No. 1 receiver. Injuries have kept Nicks from ever playing a...
Giants News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.