Originally written 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.
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