Report: New York Giants to Tender RFA WR Victor Cruz for 2013

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Report: New York Giants to Tender RFA WR Victor Cruz for 2013
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Houston, we have some drama.

It looks like Victor Cruz will have to continue to wait for a long-term deal.

According to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Giants will tender Victor Cruz for 2013:

The first-round tender will likely give Cruz a salary of around $2.9 million for the 2013 season.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News also confirmed the news, citing Giants owner John Mara as the source:

If a team still wants to try to sign Cruz to a deal, it would cost them a first-round pick in the upcoming 2013 NFL draft, something that teams are likely not going to do.

Cruz is a restricted free agent who is hoping to sign a long-term contract extension with the Giants this spring.

He's coming off his second straight 1,000-yard season with 1,092 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in 2012 for the Giants.

With the tender now on Cruz, the Giants can still try to sign him long term; maybe even during training camp and the preseason.

According to Vacchiano, the Giants have made an offer to Cruz, but it looks like it won't be signed anytime soon:

Cruz is a Giant for now. But would a team risk a first-round pick for Cruz?

Guess we'll have to see once free agency kicks off on Tuesday.

Stay tuned.

(UPDATE, 2:26 p.m. by Doug Rush)

Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star Ledger talked to Giants owner John Mara and said that he could see real competition from other teams for Victor Cruz's services:

Are teams going to be willing to give up a first-rounder to the Giants in order to land Cruz?

(UPDATE, 2:30 p.m. by Doug Rush)

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News said right now, the next move is up to Cruz.

What will Cruz's next move be?

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