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Victor Cruz would like new Giants deal this season

Victor Cruz celebrates his touchdown late in the

Victor Cruz celebrates his touchdown late in the fourth quarter during a game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Oct. 21, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

And now we have a timeline.

Victor Cruz, the biggest bargain in the NFL, said he would like to have a new deal in place with the Giants before the end of this season. The wide receiver who just caught a winning 77-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning, said he'd like to be a Giant for the rest of his career and wants to complete a long-term deal so it doesn't become a distraction. "My team and my agents, my team on my side, we would like to get it done before the season's [over]," Cruz said on WFAN on Tuesday. "We don't want to drag it along, and become something that blocks the team in the offseason, and something that is in the media every day. We don't want it to get like that. We want to just knock it out halfway through the season, or during the season at the very least, and put it behind us."

Cruz is earning $540,000 this season and will become a restricted free agent after this year. He is third in the NFL with 50 receptions, fourth with 627 receiving yards, tied for second with 32 receptions for first downs, and tied for first with seven TD catches. "I'm just in a position right now where I'm just focused on football," Cruz said. "I have people, my agents and things like that, to worry about that stuff. But as a human being, you obviously want . . . you hope you get it done before the season's over, obviously."

There have been no indications that the Giants are willing to make such a deal, and they have all of the power not to because of Cruz's restricted status.

Galiffa's record gone

So how big was the Manning-to-Cruz pass against the Redskins? It was the longest game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes of a fourth quarter in Giants history. The previous long winning score that late in a game happened Nov. 1, 1953, when Arnie Galiffa threw a 75-yard pass to Kyle Rote to give the Giants a 23-20 victory over the Chicago Cardinals.


Cowboys' Lee out

Sean Lee, who had 12 tackles and a forced fumble against the Giants in the season opener and had become a dominating playmaker as the Cowboys' middle linebacker, reportedly will miss the rest of the season with a toe injury suffered on Sunday in a win over the Panthers. Multiple media outlets are reporting that Lee will require season-ending surgery on his right big toe.

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