Looking ahead to the Victor Cruz contract situation

Victor Cruz is in his contract year, and his long-term future has yet to be ironed out.  His 2013 performance will be pivotal for the New York Giants receiver as the 26-year-old will likely sign the biggest contract of his football career.

This weekend, the Associated Press reported that Cruz has signed his restricted free agent tender, which will have him earning $2.879 million in 2013.  That’s a big jump from the relatively-meager football salary he was earning as an undrafted free agent.  Still, there is still speculation looming that he may hold out of training camp in August so that he can secure a large deal with the team.

A holdout is less of a likelihood in 2013 after the latest collective bargaining agreement between the players and owners allows for stiff fines against players that hold out of training camp.

According to CBS Sports, if the receiver had not showed up to Giants minicamp on Friday to sign his tender, Cruz’s salary would have dropped to $600,000 in the upcoming season.

Cruz hit the pro football scene in 2011, helping the New York Giants to a victory in the Super Bowl during a 1,500-yard receiving season.

In the early parts of this off season, Cruz was reportedly negotiating with the team about a lucrative long-term extension, but the Giants were unwilling to bend to the high-dollar figure Cruz and his agent were asking for.  As a ploy to get Cruz back to the table, the team began negotiating with fellow Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks about a more moderately-priced extension.

Both Cruz and Nicks are set to become unrestricted after the 2013 season if extensions are not agreed to.  Cruz has said publicly that he wants to remain with the Giants, and it’s looking more likely that one of the two wideouts will have to go elsewhere in order to get the monster deal they seek.     

Cruz caught for just over 1,000 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in 2012.

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