New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has not be present for the team's voluntary OTA practices, but did arrive at the team's facility for the start of this week's mandatory three-day minicamp.
Giants punter Steve Weatherford was kind enough to provide photographic evidence of Nicks' presence on Tuesday morning.
Nicks, a 2009 first-round pick out of North Carolina, is entering the final season of his five-year, $11.025 million rookie contract and is scheduled to earn $2.725 million in non-guaranteed base salary. There have been whispers that Nicks' absence during the voluntary OTAs was due to him angling for a long-term extension, but Nicks' agent, Peter Schaffer, has repeatedly denied that the absence was contract-related.
Had Nicks skipped the mandatory minicamp, he could have been subjected to fines totaling $66,150.
Victor Cruz remains absent
While Nicks is present for the minicamp, unsigned restricted free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz remains absent and is not expected to show up for the workouts. Cruz has also passed on attending the voluntary OTA dates and since he has not signed his $2.879 million tender, he cannot be fined for skipping this week's mandatory minicamp.
Cruz changed agents this offseason, hiring Tom Condon of CAA Football (Eli Manning's agent) to handle his football contract, while Jay-Z's Roc Nation agency addresses his off-field pursuits. If Cruz does not sign his one-year tender by June 17, the Giants will have the option to rescind the tender and replace it with one worth 110 percent of Cruz's previous year's salary. Cruz earned $540,000 while catching 86 passes for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, which means a "reduced tender" would be worth $630,000. The Giants may elect to not do that as a $2.249 million reduction in pay may be steep enough to prompt Cruz to skip training camp and perhaps the start of the regular season.
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