Team chairman Steve Tisch is "confident" the Giants will reach a long-term agreement with restricted free agent Victor Cruz.
"We're talking," Tisch said. "I'm personally confident that Victor wants to be a Giant, will be a Giant. ... He's a great guy. It's just taking its time." Despite frequent on- and off-the-record assurances that a deal is imminent, there's been nothing to suggest the sides are on the verge of a long-term agreement. It might not happen until some time during camp.
Profootballtalk reports that contract extension talks between the Giants and restricted free agent Victor Cruz are "moving slowly."
Talks are expected to resume this week, a source tells PFT's Mike Florio. Cruz has yet to sign his one-year, $2.879 million tender, and he has reportedly lowered his contract demands "much closer" to $8 million annually after previously seeking $10-11 million per year. Cruz hasn't shown up for OTAs.
Giants waived/injured TE Michael Palmer and CB Antonio Dennard.
Palmer just signed with the Giants last weekend after spending his first three seasons with the Falcons. Dennard spent all of 2012 on the Jaguars' practice squad. The Giants signed TE Morgan Newton in a corresponding move.
Sources tell the New York Daily News that restricted free agent Victor Cruz has lowered his contract demands.
At one point, Cruz was asking for $10-11 million per season. Now he's reportedly seeking "much closer" to the $8 million annually the Giants are offering. It's a reminder that slot receivers just don't have the same clout as true No. 1 wideouts. The Daily News believes a deal will "probably" be done in time for Cruz to report to the full-team minicamp that begins on June 11. It's a great sign for both Cruz and Eli Manning's 2013 fantasy value.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that "value-wise," the Giants view restricted free agent Victor Cruz as more than a slot receiver in long-term talks.
That's good news for Cruz in a market that's been cruel to slot men, but hardly an indication the Giants are willing to pay him as the No. 1 receiver he's produced like the past two seasons. The Giants are believed to be offering somewhere in the neighborhood of $8 million annually, while Cruz is reportedly seeking $10-$11 million. Rapoport also reports the next few days are viewed as "extremely important" in the negotiations, but doesn't know why.
A source tells the Daily News that there's "nothing imminent" between the Giants and restricted free agent Victor Cruz.
Negotiations are moving at a snail's pace because Cruz is a slot receiver that wants to be paid as a No. 1 wideout. The Giants were reportedly offering something close to $8M a year, and Cruz was seeking more like $10-11M annually. Cruz is not attending the Giants' OTAs.
The Giants are grooming third-round pick Damontre Moore to be a hybrid stand-up outside linebacker and down defensive end.
Moore played both 3-4 rush 'backer and 4-3 end at Texas A&M as the Aggies switched schemes during his career. The Giants' current hybrid SLB/DE is Mathias Kiwanuka, though he's moving to end this season. At one point a projected first-round pick, Moore's stock fell due to questionable work ethic.