The fears the New York Giants had that Victor Cruz would be signed to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent never came to fruition.
The deadline for RFA’s to sign an offer sheet with another club passed Friday night, meaning Cruz will not be playing for another team in 2013 unless there is an unexpected sign-and-trade deal.
The Giants had said publicly that they were concerned Cruz could be signed away by another organization but the market for RFA’s rarely produces any movement. The one-year tender the Giants have offered Cruz will pay him $2.879 million but the sides would like a long-term deal.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports the Giants have offered Cruz a contract with an average annual value of more than $7 million. Where talks are at right now, no one knows. If Cruz does not sign his RFA tender by June 17, the club has the option of reducing his tender to 110 percent of his 2012 salary, which would mean he could be forced to play for $693,000 this season.
Cruz has not shown up for the club’s voluntary offseason workout program yet. Minicamp is set for June 11 and that will only be mandatory for Cruz if he is under contract. We’ll see what transpires before then. With any luck for the player, he’ll have the kind of deal he is seeking.
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