And that may well end Cruz's time here with the Giants. Everyone is entitled to a fair payday. Cruz hasn't had that for two years due to his contract and that's the way it goes when you're under contract. And while he may not be worth his asking price, whatever that is, he is clearly worth more than the $2.789 M a tender is going to bring him for 2013.
So, if they can't come to terms, he will be underpaid for the third year in a row and, from his vantage point, that would make 2014 his audition for another team that is willing/able to offer him a contract reflective of his skills. Should he have a third consecutive 1,000+ yard season in 2013, he won't be unemployed.
Would the Giants be better with Nicks, JJ, and Randle or Cruz, Randle, and JJ?