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.