The offseason has been filed with more turmoil and uncertainty that the NEw York Giants would have liked. Up to this point, management has remained confident that a deal would be done with restricted free agent Victor Cruz but that hasn’t happened and his absence at Giants camp all offseason long has head coach Tom Coughlin more than a little displeased.
“I’ve been optimistic since Day 1 but it hasn’t gotten me anywhere, has it?” Coughlin said after the first practice of the Giants’ three-day minicamp. “I’ll just continue to be (optimistic). But the clock is running. This is something that at least he could’ve benefited by, if nothing else, this minicamp. But you have to realize that there is no contract at this time. So without a contract he’s not going to be here.”
Coughlin got a little bit of a break when Hakeem Nicks showed up to Giants camp today, despite the fact he’s also displeased with his contract situation. But unlike Cruz, Nicks still has a year left on his deal and appears to be planning on playing it out and cashing in at the end of the season.
As for Cruz, the Giants need to work out a deal with him if they want him to come to camp. If Cruz shows up without the contract he wants and proceeds to suffer an injury, all of a sudden Cruz is in a position where he’s forced to take whatever deal the Giants throw at him and he’s lost out on a chance to lock down a big deal.
It’s a situation that Giants fans want resolved but it appears the standoff is going to continue and things may end up getting ugly if Coughlin digs in with the Giants management on this one.