The New York Giants reportedly made a multi-year contract offer to restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz on Saturday, worth over $7 million per season.
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Giants have offered RFA Victor Cruz a contract exceeding $7 million per year, reports @garymyersNYDN http://t.co/tQCz070xh73/23/2013, 10:31:38 PM
This confirms an assertion from earlier in the week by ESPN insider Adam Schefter, who indicated that no team would extend an offer sheet to Cruz. Schefter's analogous tweet poked a little bit of fun at the expense of polarizing New York Jets QB Tim Tebow:
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Strong belief: There's as much chance a team will sign Victor Cruz to offer sheet as there is one will deal for Tim Tebow. Neither happening3/21/2013, 7:56:30 PM
Cruz would have gone to another team if the Giants refused to match an offer. Since New York tagged him with a first-round tender, it still would have gotten a first-round pick in return.
Considering the injury difficulties that fellow Giants star receiver Hakeem Nicks has endured, Cruz's return to the Big Apple is wonderful news for the G-Men.
Chris Wesseling pointed out an interesting fact in the news story on NFL.com, referring to comments made by Giants co-owner Steve Tisch last week.
Tisch stated that Cruz would sign a more lucrative contract than the other elite slot receivers that have made headlines this offseason by joining new teams. New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola makes $6 million per season, as does ex-Patriot Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos.
It turns out that Tisch was correct, as Cruz appears well deserving of the deal and has been rewarded with a higher salary than his studly peers without finding a new destination.
An important development that Wesseling alludes to is Cruz's switch to new agent Tom Condon, who also represents Giants QB Eli Manning. That couldn't have hurt negotiations.
The 2012 Pro Bowler caught 86 passes for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season, backing up his meteoric rise to stardom in the prior campaign.