Victor Cruz Looking for New Contract This Season, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistOctober 24, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants celebrates after he scored the game winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins on October 21, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 27-23.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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What better time than now for Victor Cruz to start talking publicly about his desire to sign a long-term deal with the New York Giants?

The slot superstar is coming off a game in which he was the hero, with a late 77-yard touchdown to win it. With Hakeem Nicks struggling to stay healthy, Cruz's value couldn't possibly get much higher.

"We would like to get it done before the season's (over)," Cruz told WFAN Radio Tuesday, according to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.

"We don't want to drag it along, and (have it) become something that blocks the team in the offseason, and something that is in the media every day. We don't want it to get like that. We want to just knock it out halfway through the season, or during the season at the very least, and put it behind (us)."

Cruz, who's making just $540,000 this year but who has surely surpassed that in post-Super Bowl endorsements, is scheduled to become a restricted free agent in the upcoming offseason.

On to what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division. 


Dallas Cowboys

A source tells's Calvin Watkins and Todd Archer that the Cowboys will sign safety Charlie Peprah. Can he play inside linebacker?'s Dan Graziano agrees with me: Sean Lee ain't replaceable


New York Giants

Newsday's Bob Glauber thinks Eli Manning has to be in the MVP mix.

From Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger: Antrel Rolle says the Giants will show "who's the better team" in Dallas on Sunday.


Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have to face four teams coming off byes this season.'s Tim McManus gets an explanation from the league.

Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News wonders if the latest offensive line move will make a difference.


Washington Redskins

From Rich Tandler of Real Redskins: Washington is making history this season. The good kind and the bad kind.

From Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: The offense wants to learn from that four-turnover debacle in New Jersey.