John Mara and Victor Cruz spent nearly two hours together in the same Waldorf Astoria ballroom Monday night, although contract negotiations between the Giants' co-owner and their as-of-now unsigned wide receiver presumably were off the table for the evening.

Both were in attendance for the Big Brother Big Sister Sidewalks Of New York Gala, where the business at hand was the honoring of Cruz, a Paterson native, for his dedication to community service. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Patriots owner Robert Kraft also were in attendance.

The subject of Cruz's contract came up, of course, when Mara stopped and briefly spoke with reporters.

"It will get done at some point. Just be patient," Mara said, politely declining any further comment on Cruz's current situation with the Giants.

He sounded plenty more optimistic regarding Cruz's future with the Giants – both immediate and long term – than general manager Jerry Reese let on during his pre-draft media session last Thursday.

Reese indicated he would not assume anything regarding Cruz's current situation, including whether he would be on the roster and available for the Giants' regular season opener in Dallas on Sept. 8.