A week ago, John Mara urged patience and said that be believed a deal with Victor Cruz would get done eventually. But who was he telling to be patient? The media – present company included – who have been asking everyone associated with the team and the player about the situation for months? The fans, who have been clamoring for the return of the popular wide receiver?
Or maybe … his own head coach?
It turns out that Tom Coughlin may be just as antsy as anyone to have Cruz back in the Giants’ fold. The deadline for him to receive offers from other teams as a restricted free agent passed so there is little to no chance that Cruz will wind up playing elsewhere in 2013. However, Coughlin would like to see Cruz at the Timex Performance Center as soon as possible so he can continue the offseason training program with his teammates.
"It has to be a concern because when the restricted free agency period is over, you would hope that things would move fast," Coughlin said on WFAN. “What we want is exactly what I said the other day. We want a win-win. We want Victor to be proud to be a New York Giant, proud of his contract.”
Cruz has not yet signed his first-round tender offer from the Giants that would pay him $2.879 million in 2013. The team’s two other restricted free agents – Stevie Brown and Andre Brown -- have signed their second-round tender offers and are working with the Giants. Cruz has until the middle of June to sign his tender offer before the Giants can retract it for a far less substantial offer. If it gets to that point, Cruz would have missed all of the team’s OTAs as well as the mandatory veteran’s minicamp.
And Coughlin may be at his wit’s end at that point as well.
“The New York Giants want him back as badly as we've ever wanted anybody,” Coughlin said. “And so we’d like the thing to be settled and over with and we wish it would be that way so that he could be in here working with the quarterback in the offseason. And the sooner it gets settled, the better off we will be.”