Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News detailed the situation between the Pro Bowl wide receiver who is set to become a restricted free agent on March 12.
In an interview with MassLive.com over the weekend, Cruz said he hopes a deal can be reached with the Giants but he continues to keep his options open.
“Hopefully we can end that talk soon, man,” Cruz said. “Hopefully we can get a deal done, if not with the Giants then unfortunately somewhere else. But I want to be a Giant for a long time, so we’ll see how it goes."Cruz has a handful of options in this case, as Vacchiano points out.
The most likely scenario would be the Giants placing a first-round tender on Cruz, guaranteeing him a one-year salary estimated at about $2.9 million. Cruz would be allowed to receive offers from other teams, but the Giants would have the ability to match them and receive compensation should he accept.
The Giants also must find ways to sign wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, tackle Will Beatty and tight end Martellus Bennett to deals. In addition, safeties Kenny Phillips and Stevie Brown are free agents.
Who should be prioritized? And what are your thoughts on how New York has dealt with Cruz thus far?
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