John Mara Hopes Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz Are Both Giants "For a Long Time"
Excerpt: "Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks often speak about working best in synergy, one receiver opening up big-play opportunities for the other. If the Giants can work it out, they'd like it to be that way for a while.
But it won't be easy. Cruz is a restricted free agent this year, and Nicks is due to be an unrestricted free agent after next season. The Giants must determine if they have the resources to award new contracts to both players in a year's time -- with a salary cap expected to be relatively flat, no less.
"They’re both priorities for us. They’re both terrific players," co-owner John Mara said today between meetings at the NFL Scouting Combine. "We hope they’re both Giants for a long time."
An ESPN report earlier this month said the Giants have prioritized Nicks, their first-round pick in 2009, over Cruz, the former undrafted free agent who posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and set a franchise record for single-season receiving yards in 2011.
"I don’t know where that came from; that’s not true at all," Mara said. "They’re both priorities for us." Read more...