Victor Cruz will play for the Giants in 2012, whether it's for the less than half a million he's scheduled to earn on his current contract or otherwise.

"It's fine," Cruz said Thursday of his contract status. "It's going to take care of itself. I have people that I hired to take care of that aspect of my life. They'll do their jobs and when the time comes we'll see how it goes."

General manager Jerry Reese said working on an extension for Cruz is one of the many objectives the team has "on our plate" this offseason.

Cruz said after the Super Bowl victory in February that he thought he was underpaid. He still believes it -- it's hard to argue against it, really -- but he's trying to avoid being labeled as greedy or selfish. That's one of the reasons why he's been at the team's voluntary offseason workouts.

"I've never been a guy to hold out or rebel or anything like that," he said. "I didn't have that opportunity. I didn't get drafted. So anytime I get to be in an NFL locker room I take advantage of it. The contract stuff will take care of itself."

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Boley in the middle?

Michael Boley said he was surprised when Reese mentioned him as a possible middle linebacker earlier this offseason. Then he realized that "in this league, you can't be surprised by surprises."

Boley played the middle in many of the Giants' sub packages last season, meaning he did it a lot. The Giants often had three safeties and two linebackers on the field and Boley was calling the plays. He said it may take some adjusting, but he's confident he can play the position in the base look if that's what is asked of him.

Giant steps

Reese reiterated that he is open to negotiating an extension with DE Osi Umenyiora, who has not been to the offseason workouts, and said there have been talks between the sides . . . Reese said the Giants will draft the best player available regardless of position. That includes quarterback. "If Andrew Luck's down there, you think we wouldn't pick him?" Reese said . . . While TE Travis Beckum said he is ahead of schedule on his ACL, fellow TE Jake Ballard, who had microfracture and ACL reconstruction surgery, said he'd be lucky to come off PUP and play half a season in 2012 "if at all."

With Zach Schonbrun