So far, all’s quiet on the Victor Cruz front.
After the Giants tendered the restricted free agent at a first-round level earlier this week, other teams are free to submit offer sheets to lure away the talented young receiver. But so far -- although it is very early -- co-owner and team president John Mara hasn’t heard of any other teams in play for Cruz’s services.
“Not that I know of. Nothing to report,” Mara said tonight, before being honored by the Natural Resources Defense Council for the Giants and Jets’ joint effort to make MetLife Stadium one of the greenest in pro sports. “But that doesn’t mean conversations aren’t going on.”
The Giants’ own negotiations with Cruz, toward a long-term contract instead of the one-year, $2.879 million tender, have also been put on hold temporarily because of the mandatory five-day waiting period after a player switches agents. Cruz switched representation this week to CAA’s Tom Condon, which the Giants hope could help progress toward a deal.
Condon represents multiple Giants players, including quarterback Eli Manning.
“Certainly we’ve done business with Tom Condon before,” Mara said. “I think the fact that he has our quarterback is maybe a good thing, but we’ll see. We’ll see. He’ll go out and try to get the best deal he can for Victor, and hopefully it will be with us.”
Mara’s co-owner and Giants chairman Steve Tisch also sees Cruz hiring Condon as a positive.
All's quiet with Victor Cruz, but Giants owners hope agent change aids negotiations
Newark Star-Ledger | Mar 15