“We would like to get it done before the season’s [over],” Cruz said Tuesday in his weekly WFAN appearance.. “We don’t want to drag it along and become something that blocks the team in the offseason and something that is in the media every day. We don’t want it to get like that. We want to just knock it out halfway through the season, or during the season at the very least, and put it behind [us].”
Cruz is earning $540,000 in his third NFL season and can become a restricted free agent after the season. The Giants could retain him with a one-year tender, but he wants a longer contract.
“I’m just in a position right now where I’m just focused on football,” Cruz said. “I have people, my agents and things like that, to worry about that stuff. But as a human being you obviously want to — you hope you get it done before the season’s over, obviously.”
Cruz set a Giants record with 1,536 receiving yards last season and has caught 50 passes for 627 yards this season. He’s in a three-way tie for the league lead with seven touchdown catches.
“I love this team. I love this organization,” Cruz said. “I want to, God-willing, one day retire a Giant. I want to stay here and fulfill my journey with the New York Giants.”