Giants GM Jerry Reese wouldn’t even guess at when Victor Cruz might finally report back to the Giants. He even cautioned against assuming Cruz will be on the roster on opening day.
Eli Manning, though, seemed to know exactly when his star receiver would join the Giants’ offseason program.
“I have a feeling I’ll see Victor here when the contract’s done,” Manning said Thursday. “That’s my gut feeling. I could be wrong. If he's back here earlier, then that will be a bonus.”
Unfortunately for the Giants, that could still be a while because they and Cruz are not particularly close on a long-term contract, according to an NFL source familiar with the situation. The Giants, as the Daily News has reported, have an offer on the table to the 26-year-old worth more than $7 million per season. That’s believed to include somewhere between $15 million-$18 million guaranteed.
Cruz, who was once seeking $10 million -$11 million per season according to several NFL sources, has not yet accepted. He has also not signed his “first-round tender” worth $2.879 million.