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Agent switch should lead to new Giants contract for Victor Cruz

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09:17 AM ET 03.24 | Sources say the Giants' offer to Victor Cruz exceeds $7 million per year, with a sizable amount of guaranteed money in a long-term deal that would still leave the 26-year-old Cruz time in his career to sign another contract. Switching to agent Tom Condon, who is a deal maker with a good relationship with the Giants, should mean they get a contract done rather than Cruz playing for the $2.879 million tender. At the moment, it doesn't appear Cruz is going to get an offer sheet from another team. Condon is Eli Manning's agent and holds an important place in Giants history. In the days before the 2004 draft, he broke the news to the Chargers that Archie Manning said Eli would not play for them, which forced the draft day trade to the Giants.

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March 24, 2013  09:29 AM ET

I'm not sure if it's Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin or Jerry Reese, but the Giants have proven in recent years that their receivers are replaceable.

I'm very surprised to see the Giants willing to lock up $7 million into any receiver.

March 24, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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I'm not sure if it's Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin or Jerry Reese, but the Giants have proven in recent years that their receivers are replaceable.I'm very surprised to see the Giants willing to lock up $7 million into any receiver.

I agree. Have to see if it happens and just where that money is put and how much guaranteed. Reese does not throw money around carelessly. Nicks and JPP have new deals coming up next year.

March 24, 2013  10:11 AM ET

This may be an early indication that the Giants feel Cruz might be more valuable in the long-term than Nicks. Ruben Randle started to look pretty good towards the end of the season, and the Giants may see him as stepping up if they have to let Nicks go. Regardless, the Giants seem to be keeping Eli stocked with receivers, and they never did that for Sims.

March 24, 2013  10:12 AM ET

Based on how the giants ended the last season, maybe they should try to hold onto some of their good weapons.

March 24, 2013  10:44 AM ET

It would seem the Welker signing set the market price for that slot spot. $6 million it is.

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March 24, 2013  12:56 PM ET
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Sometimes when you recognize the special aura of certain players, you do what you gotta do to keep them. This dude is no Toomer or Hilliard

Yeah, he does the salsa dance. That's special.

March 24, 2013  05:27 PM ET

My thought, since I struggle taking this kind of reporting at face value:

If the Giants float out there the idea that they would pay $7 million a year for 3 or 4 years for Cruz, and the market price for Welker was $6 million, that might drive away a team with a low round first round pick from making him an offer. Just saying. The skeptic in me.

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March 25, 2013  03:36 PM ET

All in the Family, Meathead!!!

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