I really feel people on this board can't look past the fact that he was an UFA. If he had been a first round pick and put up the same numbers that he has, EVERYBODY would be like "PAY THE MAN!". But because the Giants gave him a shot, he owes the Giants a steep hometown discount. He's already given the Giants a steep discount by performing under his current deal. He deserves to get paid and the Giants will pay him.
$8 to $10MM seems way too high. WAY!!! to high.
He's a very good player but I see a tad less than that.
Maybe 4 years, 25MM, or something like that.
If that's what Cruz is asking for than WR just became a need.
cruz will be signed, he'll probably provide a bit of a hometown discount, but it'll be close to those figures above.
the organization sees his contribution as more than onfield, they see his work ethic as leading by example in the locker room (called out Randle during the year saying if he puts in the time and work, he'll see more playing time) , they see his public community service as a benefit to the organization's image and contribution to the NJ/NY area, and they see his professional handling of the contract situation as a great example to make for other players: if you act like Cruz, you've got a much better chance of getting the contract you want vs. going the Osi route.
Cruz will get his number, i think the organization sees his value as alot more than a replacable slot receiver.
Edit: Another reason why I'm more willing to let Cruz go is because we have Eli. We have the luxury of having a QB that can work with less talented receivers than say Arizona or Jacksonville.
Coulda shoulda woulda. No one knows for sure.