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.
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Bennett is also the best TE FA this year too. Our receiving targets aren't coming cheap.
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.
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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.