Jason La Canfora reports that NFL teams could pursue in restricted free agent WR Victor Cruz even if the Giants place a first-round tender on him as owner John Mara mentioned that they would on Monday.
A league source mentioned that Cruz could become a “top target.”
La Canfora’s sources also mentioned that the Patriots as possibly team to watch, but that was likely before Cruz hired Tom Condon as his new agent.
We’ll have to see if any serious suitors emerge for Cruz in the next few days.
The New York Giants have placed a first-round tender on restricted free agent WR Victor Cruz.
Cruz, 26, will make $2.879 million salary for the upcoming season, but the Giants have maintained that they intend to work out a long-term contract at some point.
Cruz is this year’s best restricted free agent, but it appears to be unlikely that anyone will try to pry him loose in the coming weeks. NFL teams are reluctant to part with a first-round pick and leave player with a significant amount of leverage in the negotiations.
The Vikings have been tossed out as a team that could pursue him given that they just acquired an additional first-round pick for Percy Harvin.
It’s more likely that he stays in New York, but it will be interesting to see if the two sides are able to come to an agreement in the next few months.