The last thing the Giants want to do is enter the season with arguably their best receiver holding out.
Cruz's play the past two seasons undoubtedly warrants a big payday, as the 26-year-old eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark in both seasons and combined for 19 touchdowns. His receiving performances the past two seasons have led the team both years.
The undrafted wideout has emerged as one of the best slot receivers in the NFL and one of the most important weapons in New York's offense, and head coach Tom Coughlin knows Cruz needs to stay with Big Blue.
Coughlin told ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk,
We want Victor Cruz to be a Giant. That is the bottom line. However, it takes two to tango. We would certainly want to do everything in our power to keep him here. Ownership has indicated that. Front office has indicated that.
Cruz was a bright spot on what was a disappointing Giants team last season, and no matter what it takes, he must remain a Giant for years to come.
New York doesn't need any distractions in 2013—in pursuit of making it to the postseason after missing out last season—and Cruz should be the No. 1 priority of the offseason.
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