Sources: Victor Cruz expected to sign long-term deal

Victor Cruz of the New York Giants celebrates

Victor Cruz of the New York Giants celebrates after he scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (October 21, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty

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It appears that Victor Cruz's touchdown salsa dance will remain a fixture at Giants games. Citing team and league sources, ESPN Monday reported that the Giants and Cruz are expected to have a long-term contract completed before the start of training camp on July 26.

The report said the framework of a deal is in place but that some details, including contract language, must be worked out. No obstacles are expected.

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An NFL source contacted by Newsday gave credence to the ESPN report as being "realistic."

Cruz previously signed a first-round, restricted-free-agent tender worth $2.879 million, but the two sides agreed to continue working toward a long-term solution to keep him from hitting the free-agent market in a year.

Cruz, 26, exploded into prominence in 2011 with 82 catches for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns, and last season he had 86 catches for 1,092 yards and 10 TDs. He has expressed a strong desire to remain with the Giants.

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