Eli Manning hopeful Victor Cruz will stay with Giants

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz against the Atlanta Falcons. (Dec. 16, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Eli Manning says he's like every Giants fan, checking for the latest news on Victor Cruz's contract situation.

"I check the papers every morning to make sure no one else has offered him a contract,'' the Giants quarterback said Wednesday. "It is nerve-racking though. He is anxious. I know he has been dealing with this contract issue for a long time. I know he wants it just settled and wants to get back to playing football.''

Manning is hopeful their shared representative, superagent Tom Condon, will help grease the wheels on the wide receiver's negotiations with the Giants.

"I've been sending a few texts to him, yeah, 'Hey, get this done. Make sure he stays with us,' '' Manning joked. "Obviously, I want Victor back with the Giants. And he knows what the best way is to get Victor to stay with the Giants for hopefully a long time.''

Although Manning said he hasn't been approached by the team about restructuring his contract -- which runs until 2015 and pays a base salary of $13 million in 2013 -- the two-time Super Bowl champion said he's "always up for listening.''

Bradshaw: Jets interested. Free agent Ahmad Bradshaw said the Steelers, Packers and Jets -- "all teams that need a running back, and I feel I can help'' -- are interested in his services. But a reunion with the Giants is still a possibility, he said.

"There's always a chance,'' Bradshaw said on ESPN Radio. "They said it in the exit meeting that I had with them that there's always that chance.''

Bradshaw, who was released Feb. 6, about two weeks after having the screw in his right foot replaced, said he's holding off on working out for teams until he's 100 percent. That way he can prove he's "explosive'' and show teams "exactly what they're going to get.''

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