Victor Cruz to holdout?
There’s been a lot of news surrounding New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz today. This morning we had Giants owner John Mara said the team and player are far off in extensions talks. Going as far as saying that even though he’s a priority signing the Giants have over a year to make that happen. When asked about Mara’s comments and a possibility of a holdout, Cruz was well non-committal to anything.
“I have no answer to that,” Cruz told the News when asked if he would consider a holdout.
Cruz’s ominous non-answer opens the door for things to get even uglier in contract talks that have made little progress in recent months, and it came just hours after Giants owner John Mara made it clear that the team will not break the bank to sign its star. Mara stressed that the Giants have “a limit with any player,” even a Pro Bowl wideout coming off a second straight 1,000-yard season. (New York Daily News)
Cruz is scheduled to become a free agent on March 12th if the two sides don’t reach an agreement. Luckily for the Giants he’ll be an exclusive rights free agent, so they can slap a first round tender on him and guarantee themselves a first round pick if he left.
Mara said the Giants would “certainly” slap that tender on Cruz if they couldn’t reach an agreement. (New York Daily News)
With the image Cruz has created for himself I highly doubt he’ll holdout. I believe he’ll use the threat to force the Giants to give him what he wants sooner, rather then later.