I think things will pickup after the combine. The fo needs to get a handle on our key FA and see what funds they'll have. Just my guess
He got essentailly $9MM guaranteed (including $540,000 last year) and about $4.5MM this coming year. Then up to 6MM the next two seasons. After that, all bets are off.
"Phil Simms is the greatest QB in Giants history" ........Mahatma Gandhi
Bennett is also the best TE FA this year too. Our receiving targets aren't coming cheap.
2014 Giants Mock (Extra 3rd from Nicks FA comp)
1. Khalil Mack, DE/LB, Buffalo
2. Zach Martin, G/C, Notre Dame
3. Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
3. Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida
4. Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
5. Marcel Jensen, TE, Fresno State
6. Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
The Giants initial counter should be less than they know Cruz will accept, but not insulting.
and then it goes back and forth until both sides can live with it or it blows up.
I am always pissed if my first offer is accepted...I instantly know I could have done better
Typical Giants fans
So both sides agreed to disagree and walked away.
I would assume if they were relatively close, let's say 2-3 million per year it isn't overly significant and they could continue talking. But 5+ is a non starter.
But Reese has made it very clear with his own FAs that he offers them what he believes to be a fair deal and if the players don't take it, he lets them walk.