Victor Cruz said during the offseason that he would like a new contract after a record-setting first full season with the New York Giants, but that he wasn't going to hold out or make a big fuss over it. The amazingly popular wide receiver has kept his word.
Saturday, Giants general manager Jerry Reese said a new deal for Cruz, who could be a restricted free agent at the end of this season, "could happen."
" It could happen. All those options are open, but right now we’re just focused, Victor is just focused on being a good football player again," Reese said. "The contract situation will take care of itself."
[Reese Transcript | Cruz Transcript]
Cruz set a Giants' single-season receiving record a season ago with 1,536 yards worth of catches from Eli Manning. He also worked his way into the hearts of Giants' fans with his salsa-dancing touchdown celebration and his bubbly personality.
During the first two days of training camp at UAlbany Cruz has easily been the Giant who has gotten the most attention from fans in attendance. Chants of 'Cruuuz,' calls for the salsa dance and loud reactions have been the norm whenever Cruz has made a play during the first two days -- which has been frequently.
Cruz said it has been "refreshing" to hear the fans calling his name.
"I just want to keep it going. Keep on making plays. And keep on giving the fans reasons to chant my name," he said.
It sounds like Reese and the Giants want to make sure Giants fans continue to have that opportunity for several years to come.