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Coughlin: Cruz situation now 'a concern'

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07:00 AM ET 04.30 | Yes, in the case of Victor Cruz, the only restricted free agent who remains unsigned by the Giants, Tom Coughlin would prefer to have seen something happen. Speaking on WFAN Monday afternoon, Coughlin said he hoped at this point Cruz would have signed a deal and been involved in offseason workouts. The deadline for another team to sign restricted free agents to an offer sheet was April 19. "It has to be a concern because when the restricted free agency period is over, you would hope that things would move fast. What we want is exactly what I said the other day. We want a win-win. We want Victor to be proud to be a New York Giant, proud of his contract," Coughlin said.

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April 30, 2013  07:22 AM ET

Coughlin may want to talk to the boss about opening that checkbook up, then.

April 30, 2013  08:30 AM ET
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Coughlin may want to talk to the boss about opening that checkbook up, then.

What's their cap situation?

April 30, 2013  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What's their cap situation?

Not sure.... 50 Year Fan would have that info. One thing guaranteed, each year there's a Vet with the Giants wanting more money.

April 30, 2013  08:38 AM ET
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Not sure.... 50 Year Fan would have that info. One thing guaranteed, each year there's a Vet with the Giants wanting more money.

They know they're one hit away from being a sideline reporter.

April 30, 2013  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What's their cap situation?

It is tight, always is with them, about $4 million open, but that is before the $2 million it takes to sign rookies.. They reportedly offered a multi year $7 million average per year deal. If that is not enough then they will not break the bank any more for him. Nicks and JJP are on the free agent table next year.

Their offer is not going up anymore. He will sign the one year tender or take it. No negotiating is left to be done.

April 30, 2013  08:42 AM ET
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Not sure.... 50 Year Fan would have that info.

Pre-zactly.

April 30, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What's their cap situation?

Honestly- He dances better than he plays too often. He went from averaging 18 yards a catch in 2011 to 12 yards last year.

In 11 of the 16 games last year he totalled 67 yards or LESS. His last 3 games he averaged 29 yards a game. Big games they lost to Atlanta and the Ravens included.

He disappears too often and physical corners shut him down.

Steve Smith caught more balls and made bigger plays in big games than Cruz has. He has been media hyped to the point ya think he is better than he really is.

If $7 million a year is not enough, then he can leave as far as I am concerned.

April 30, 2013  08:58 AM ET

I thought Cruz was smarter than this.

April 30, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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They know they're one hit away from being a sideline reporter.

Or sitting next to Kelly Ripa.

April 30, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If $7 million a year is not enough, then he can leave as far as I am concerned.

Agreed. And speaking of "greed" ...

April 30, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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I thought Cruz was smarter than this.

Apparently not. The fact no team offered some late round first pick to sign him ( the Giants never could have matched a big offer) is all you need to know.

April 30, 2013  09:20 AM ET

I like Cruz, but I have to agree that he didn't play as well this year as his previous performance would have predicted - more style than substance, especially as the season wore on. I think maybe he started to believe all the media hype about him. He should sign and re-dedicate himself to his job.

April 30, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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Honestly- He dances better than he plays too often. He went from averaging 18 yards a catch in 2011 to 12 yards last year.In 11 of the 16 games last year he totalled 67 yards or LESS. His last 3 games he averaged 29 yards a game. Big games they lost to Atlanta and the Ravens included.He disappears too often and physical corners shut him down.Steve Smith caught more balls and made bigger plays in big games than Cruz has. He has been media hyped to the point ya think he is better than he really is.If $7 million a year is not enough, then he can leave as far as I am concerned.

LOL!! Agreed. He's a good receiver, but he doesn't deserve Megatron money.

April 30, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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I thought Cruz was smarter than this.

He may be, but who knows what kind of hype Cruz's agent is filing his head with.

April 30, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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I thought Cruz was smarter than this.

If this situation keeps dragging on, I expect the "respect" card to get flipped, by either Cruz, or his agent.

April 30, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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Or sitting next to Kelly Ripa.

Hold on....that changes everything!

April 30, 2013  10:34 AM ET
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LOL!! Agreed. He's a good receiver, but he doesn't deserve Megatron money.

He can be a very good player but he is not a great player. The great ones you cannot shut down, only hope to contain. You can shut Cruz down and take him right out of a game.

Play Jerrel Jernigan in that slot. He would do just fine.

April 30, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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He can be a very good player but he is not a great player. The great ones you cannot shut down, only hope to contain. You can shut Cruz down and take him right out of a game.Play Jerrel Jernigan in that slot. He would do just fine.

I'll never forget screaming into the tv for the Redskins defenders to bump him at the line of scrimmage during our first game last season... They didn't jam him, and he ran right up the field to catch the winning touchdown.

April 30, 2013  10:48 AM ET
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He can be a very good player but he is not a great player. The great ones you cannot shut down, only hope to contain. You can shut Cruz down and take him right out of a game.Play Jerrel Jernigan in that slot. He would do just fine.

Good point. The Giants always seem to find a receiver in the 2nd round or lower that they develop, and Jernigan could be next. Also, Rubin Randle started to look good in the second half of the season. That, along with the addition of Meyerson at TE, could make Cruz expendable if he becomes a problem. I would take a second and a fourth round pick in next year's draft for him, but I'd rather see him play well.

 
April 30, 2013  11:05 AM ET

They will find someone else, end of story!!!

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