There was a time not so long ago when Victor Cruz had a fairy tale with the Giants, when the wideout promised never to hold out against his hometown team as he battled for a lucrative contract extension.
But now, all bets are off. And on Friday, the Giants’ Pro Bowl wideout refused to rule out the threat of a holdout if his already contentious contract talks continue to get ugly.
“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.
This is not much of a concern at this point given the time remaining until camp, but owners should file it away nonetheless.