Victor Cruz talks “a little frustrating,” Tom Coughlin says


Victor Cruz isn’t likely to run routes anywhere else. (Bill Kostroun / AP)

Victor Cruz and the New York Giants haven’t reached an agreement on a new contract and that, Coach Tom Coughlin admits, is frustrating.

“I like to think that I can control everything, and that I can have something to do with making sure that something gets done that I think would be beneficial to everyone,” Coughlin said (via the Star-Ledger) at a signing for his book “Earn the Right to Win.” “And certainly I believe that about Victor. We want Victor to be a Giant until the end of his career, but obviously he and his people, his agents, they’ve got to make that call. It’s a little bit frustrating in that you’d like to have it done, that’s all.”

Owner John Mara said a few weeks ago that Cruz was asking for too much money. “Cruz will] hopefully be back with us next year, and hopefully at some point, we’ll have an agreement with him.”

Cruz probably won’t  play elsewhere, though, because a first-round tender is likely if a deal can’t be worked out. That would guarantee him about $2.9 million for one year. He could seek offers from other teams, but the Giants would have the right to match any offer and to receive compensation in the form of a first-round pick if they opt not to match. That, typically, makes other teams shy away.

Coughlin was asked if he’d told Cruz, in their last conversation a few weeks ago, that he’d like him to be with the Giants long-term.

“Well, in my own terms, yes,” Coughlin said.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · March 5, 2013