Diehl says no restructure request yet, but he'd do it for Cruz
David Diehl seems to realize that his 2013 salary will be tied to Victor Cruz in a very big way. If the Giants are to sign the wide receiver to a long-term deal, then it seems very likely that Diehl’s will be one of the contracts where management goes to look for the money and cap space. It could mean a reduction in the base salary of $4.475 million Diehl is due to earn in the last year of his contract.
But that hasn’t happened so far.
“Nothing as of yet,” Diehl said this evening on NFL Network. “I have been there the last seven weeks after having my knee scoped and some surgery. I have been going there, in and out each and every day. We will see what happens, with what happens [and] plays out here with Victor Cruz.”
Diehl did say he’d be willing to rework his contract to accommodate Cruz, whom he called “a critical piece of to our offense.” And he’s not the first. Yesterday Eli Manning said similar things, although there does not appear to be a push from the Giants to fiddle with his paperwork.
“Eli [Manning] would be willing to do things, I would be willing to do some things to restructure and help other guys out and keep a great teammate along like Victor Cruz," Diehl said. “I have restructured before in my 10 seasons as a New York Giant. It is not something I am unfamiliar with. That is part of the business in the NFL.”
Unlike a potential Manning restructure, though, Diehl’s contract would likely come with a pay cut. Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said this week at the owners meetings in Arizona that the team is trying to work out a deal with Diehl similar to the one with Corey Webster which converted some salary into a bonus that was spread out over an extra but voidable year and reduced the base salary.
But, according to Diehl tonight, it sounds like those conversations have not taken place.