And on what basis do you claim Nicks could be extended cheaper this off season than a new Cruz contract?
If Giants opted to go with a 1 year tender to Cruz instead of a fairly long term (4-6 year range) contract, it would be a cheap and offensive offer to Cruz, and would be uncharacteristic move on the part of the Giants. Short-sighted, as well.
In that regard, it is as cut and dried as I'm making it out to be. I've seen nothing from Reese and Mara the past 6 years to lead me to believe they would be that cheap and short-sighted. Now, if they let this go until FA and allow Cruz into the market, then anything is possible, and much of it is bad for the Giants.
People who produce, will get paid. It's that simple. Cruz doesn't own the Giants anything. He played for peanuts this season after a 1000+ yard season and proved the first one wasn't a fluke. Now he's gonna get paid. I don't worry about his cap hit implications or whatever, the organization has specialists for that. I only worry about player performances and how they fit into the team. Cruz is an integral part of the Giants offense and his payday has come. So either the Giants pay him or risk to lose him. I'd rather not lose him.
I don't think Cruz is easily replacable. He just might not be worth an enormous cap hit, if he should ask for top dollar.
Cruz pisses me off, because the Giants gave him a shot, stuck with him even though he was running wrong routes, missing blitz pick ups and dropping balls when he first started, and he's allowed his success to totally go to his head!
He's a good player, asking for "great player" money. He had 2 solid seasons but he's not a top flight receiver in the Mega Tron class. He's not even as good as a healthy Nicks!
I want him to stay, but not at any price because he still had too many big time drops in big games to be asking for the Giants to empty the bank for him.