Steve Tisch on Victor Cruz contract talk: 'It's just taking its time'
Steve Tisch said he remains both confident and patient that a long-term deal will Victor Cruz will be worked out.
“We’re talking,” the Giants’ chairman and executive vice president said this morning as he arrived at the NFL owners meetings in Boston. “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.”
Too much time for some. Amid various reports on the state of negotiations that have ranged from an imminent deal to a dragging pace in the past week, Cruz remains unsigned. And now the Giants are on the eve of the start of OTAs. The real deadline for a Cruz deal won’t be until mid-June, however, when the Giants can reduce their tender offer to him from $2.879 million to the league minimum for a player of his experience ($630,000). Cruz could sign the tender before then and continue negotiating on a long-term deal, which almost all sides seem to believe will be agreed upon. At some point.
Even Giants president and CEO John Mara, one of the earliest voices in the process to suggest patience, has resorted to humor as a coping mechanism against the wearying questions about Cruz. He said in a radio interview last week that not a day goes by without someone asking him for an update.
On the record, he had no comment at the league meetings this morning. Off the record, Mara’s eye-rolls and wit when the topic was broached spoke to the lack of concern that the Giant shave over a deal eventually being reached.