Report: Smith wants Giants to show him the money

Steve Smith is bucking for a raise.

The New York Giants wide receiver plans to make pay an issue during the offseason, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. Smith has blossomed in his third season, setting a franchise record for receptions with two games to play. Smith has 90 catches for 1,093 yards and six touchdowns as the Giants have proven they can flourish as a passing offense without Plaxico Burress.

Smith is under contract at $550,000 for 2010, and the unsettled CBA situation puts him in limo as you look ahead to when he could become an unrestricted free agent. Certainly, it’s going to be difficult for Smith to have all of the leverage in a negotiation.

"He wants to be a part of it," Smith’s agent Ralph Cindrich told Vacchiano. "He's with an organization that can win. He's got a great quarterback. You always have a chance to go all the way and he can hit all his goals there. I know there are some issues up in the air, but if you have a chance to lock guys up, you lock guys up.

"Especially with a player like this."

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