NFL considers moving draft out of New York
BOSTON -- New York will be hosting a Super Bowl for the first time this season, but it could be on the verge of losing another NFL event it always has hosted: the draft.
Next year's draft is being bumped from late April to sometime in mid-May because of a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall that also will affect future dates of the draft. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that the league may look into shuffling the location rather than the timing.
"One of the things we'll have to do at some point is start looking at other cities,'' he said at the NFL's owners meeting.
The draft could rotate among cities or it could find a more permanent home. It also could wind up staying in New York, where the league's offices are located, especially if having it in May fits in with the reconstructed league calendar being negotiated with the NFLPA.
Giants: We'll sign Cruz
As negotiations with Victor Cruz drag on, the Giants brass remains confident a deal will be reached with the restricted free agent. Eventually.
"We're talking,'' team chairman and executive vice president Steve Tisch said yesterday. "Tom Condon is talking to Jerry [Reese] and I'm personally confident that Victor wants to be a Giant, will be a Giant. He's a great guy. It's just taking its time.''
Despite reports last week that the sides were closing in on a deal, nothing seems imminent as the team begins OTAs Wednesday. The most practical deadline for a Cruz deal won't be until June 17, however, when the Giants can reduce their tender offer from $2.879 million to the league minimum for a player of his experience ($630,000).
Whether the Giants would do that and tarnish negotiations that have been slow but relatively civilized remains to be seen. Cruz could sign the tender before then and continue negotiating the long-term deal almost everyone seems to believe will be agreed upon . . . at some point.
Super day for SF, Houston
As expected, San Francisco and Houston were awarded Super Bowls L and LI, respectively. A bid from South Florida to host either game was denied.