New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz signed his one-year tender earlier in June, but is still eyeing a new deal that would pay him no less than $9 million per season. That deal doesn't look like it's on the way though, as one unnamed, prominent NFL agent told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post that it's the Giants that hold all the leverage in contract talks.
"I don't see any scenario where he gets any more money than they have on the table right now,'' the agent said, "unless out of the goodness of their heart they decide to throw him a couple extra million."
Cruz, 26, reportedly turned down an offer of just over $7 million per season as he continues to pursue one that would pay him closer to $10 million per year. If the two sides can't come to an agreement, Cruz is now under contract to play the 2013 season for $2.879 million.
Of course, Cruz could play the 2013 season on the one-year deal, taking the risk that he is able to perform at a high level and maintain his high price-tag, but that wouldn't do him any good either, according to the unnamed agent:
"This year doesn't help him at all,'' the agent said. "What's Cruz going to do this year other than become overexposed? He could go out there and have 100 receptions for 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns and be the hottest thing on the market next year and then they'll just franchise him. That's all he's playing for.''
After recording zero catches as a rookie in 2010, Cruz tallied 168 receptions, 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns in the next two seasons, earning a Pro Bowl spot in 2012.