In a perfect world the New York Giants will be able to sign wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz to long term contracts. Unfortunately for Giants’ fans we don’t live in a perfect world and one of them might not be playing football for the Giants. According to sources it team owner John Mara feels Cruz is looking for too much money for a long term deal. The Giants are a team that don’t overpay for players and it looks like both the team and Cruz will have to meet in the middle if they want to get a deal done.
On Friday when reporters asked Mara about Cruz, Mara told them, “We certainly want him back, but like with any player, there’s a limit to where we’re going to go. 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.”
The Giants are looking to secure Hakeem Nicks over Victor Cruz to a long term deal. John Mara and the Giants front office feel Nicks is a number one receiver. Hakeem, who is 25 years old, missed a few games this season due to injuries. In 2012 Nicks had 53 receptions, 692 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns. Victor Cruz, who is 26 years old, had 86 receptions, 1,092 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns this season.
During Super Bowl weekend Cruz shared his thoughts on the situation. He said, “I think I have definitely proven myself to be one of the highest compensated receivers in the league. That’s kind of the way that I feel and my team feels, not only on the field, but as well as what I bring to the Giants as a brand and as an activist and person in the community. I think all of that taken into account, I’m definitely not asking for much as far as what’s on the table.”