While modeling the New York Giants' "new" (read: almost identical) uniform at this morning's Nike uniform unveiling, fan favorite Victor Cruz was asked if he would consider holding out to get a new contract.
Said Cruz this morning (via Tom Rock of Newsday):
That's not in my vocabulary. I don't know what that word means.
Obviously, this is what Giants fans want to hear, but that's the problem: This is what Giants fans want to hear.
The more important question is "Is the word 'holdout' in Malik Shareef's vocabulary?
Who is Shareef? That would be Cruz's agent, who landed Cruz as a client quite recently.
From the Sports Agent Blog:
Cruz...only recently hired a new agent – Malik Shareef of Roanoke, Virginia. Shareef jumped onto the scene when he signed former University of Florida and current Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden. Not bad when your first NFL client just happens to be the #7 overall pick in the NFL Draft. However, Shareef and Haden parted ways; Haden has since signed with Drew Rosenhaus. Shareef also represents 2011 NFL Draft picks Ryan Williams (#38 overall taken by the Arizona Cardinals) and Rashad Carmichael (#127 overall taken by the Houston Texans). But the biggest name Shareef client is now undoubtedly Victor Cruz.
Shareef recently lost his biggest client to Drew Rosenhaus, and now has Victor Cruz set to play out his 2012 season on the final year of his rookie deal. It will play him $490,000 in 2012 — even though Cruz set the team record for receiving yards last season.
Yeah, somehow I think the word "holdout" is in Shareef's vocabulary. We'll see.