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06:53 AM ET 05.08 | With the clock ticking, Giants co-owner John Mara remains confident a deal with Victor Cruz will happen. That's fine, but when will it happen? A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that talks are ongoing, and that the next 7-10 days are regarded as important to the objective of getting Cruz signed to a long-term deal with the Giants. It's unclear why the next week or so is regarded as important, since there are no deadlines or other milestones that compel an agreement by May 17. Presumably, the Giants and Cruz would like to have the player on the field for the bulk of the Organized Team Activities that cap the offseason program.

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May 8, 2013  06:59 AM ET

Pay the #3 WR Megatron money, yo....

May 8, 2013  07:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Pay the #3 WR Megatron money, yo....

lol? The hard-facts are that Cruz has been the #1 receiver for two seasons now. Stats don't lie.

And it doesn't help that Nicks is made of glass.

May 8, 2013  08:03 AM ET

If you want to be a diva, Victor, move your stuff over to the Jets locker room.

May 8, 2013  08:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

lol? The hard-facts are that Cruz has been the #1 receiver for two seasons now. Stats don't lie.And it doesn't help that Nicks is made of glass.

Same way Welker was the Pats #1 although playing in the slot.

May 8, 2013  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Pay the #3 WR Megatron money, yo....

Even though he won't put up Megatron numbers.

Sounds about right!

May 8, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Pay the #3 WR Megatron money, yo....

One of the many reasons that the Giants get to the playoffs more than the Lions.

Well-run teams don't put up with outrageous contract demands.

May 8, 2013  09:22 AM ET

It has been reported they offered $7 mill a year for some years. That is more than Welker or Amendola got. If that isn't enough, then he can move on.

They won with Smith in that spot. Honestly, the guy disappeared down the home stretch and did not even average 30 yds a game vs teams like the Falcons and Ravens in needed games. Ya did not see him do squat in that superbowl. He is not a great player, you can shut him down. The great ones ( Welker) you only limit the damage.

You don't put yourself in cap he** for any player not a QB.

May 8, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You don't put yourself in cap he** for any player not a QB

Heed the words of Fifty.

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May 8, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You don't put yourself in cap he** for any player not a QB.

He's a very good player and seems to be a decent guy but........


This!

May 8, 2013  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He's a very good player and seems to be a decent guy but........ This!

Yes he is, but they have bigger problems coming up. JPP, Nicks and others to deal with next year. Every player has a value, and the Giants have maxed out on him, they will not play that game with him or his agent. He is looking at take it or leave it. GM Reese will not be pushed any farther. Not his style.

May 8, 2013  03:16 PM ET

Cruz should remember that he was an undrafted free agent who is now playing on a team with one of the best QBs in the league, plus a set of receivers that are good enough to allow him to have single coverage almost all of the time. He has done very well, but he has also benefitted greatly from the "system".

May 8, 2013  03:38 PM ET

After this season the Giants will Franchise him and once he hits the free agent market, he will not be worth the same money.

May 8, 2013  03:52 PM ET
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After this season the Giants will Franchise him and once he hits the free agent market, he will not be worth the same money.

Why would they franchise him when they don't want to pay him that kind of money now? As Fifty pointed out, they will be in a much worse cap situation next year.

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May 8, 2013  04:32 PM ET
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Why would they franchise him when they don't want to pay him that kind of money now? As Fifty pointed out, they will be in a much worse cap situation next year.

That is what I see. They will use the tag on Nicks if they have to. Cruz thinks more of himself than 32 teams in the NFL. Any one of them could have given him what he wants for a first round pick this off season ( even a late first round pick meets the criteria) but NO ONE did. That tells you all you need to know.

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May 8, 2013  07:22 PM ET

The article states: Better days coming for minority hires? Does than mean that the NFL teams as well as NBA teams will have to hire a certain percentage of white football and basketball players?

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