John Mara, the co-owner of the New York Giants, asked for patience a little more than a week ago when it came to talk of a long-term contract for wide receiver Victor Cruz, who has yet to show up this offseason after receiving a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent.
But Giants coach Tom Coughlin labeled it a “concern” when he visited with WFAN in New York on Monday afternoon, according to the New York Post.
“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. “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.”
As it is, the voluntary offseason workout program moves forward in Cruz’s absence. The one-year tender he received is for $2.879 million and most believe his agent Tom Condon will eventually broker a deal that will keep him in New York for the long haul. But until that happens, there is going to be doubt even as some call for patience.
“The New York Giants want him back as badly as we've ever wanted anybody," Coughlin said, "And so we 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.”
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