The Victor Cruz contract negotiations with the Giants remain in a holding pattern, but at least one person involved in the discussions is optimistic.
Mara was at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Sidewalks of New York gala in Manhattan, where Cruz was being honored. The two shared a quick embrace and polite exchange.
Cruz, who has refrained from public comment on his contract this offseason, did not stop to answer questions on his way into the event.
Cruz is a restricted free agent and the Giants have a first-round tender offer for him, essentially a one-year, $2.879-million deal. But Cruz and the Giants also are working toward a long-term contract. Cruz has not been attending the team's voluntary workouts that began last week.
General manager Jerry Reese said last week that he would not assume that Cruz will be on the field for the Giants to start the 2013 season. Mara's more recent remarks would seem to supersede those thoughts.