If I have one deal I consider a "must have", then I am going to want to know the maximum amount I can muster to get it done.
And as important as that deal may be, I would have to get a lot of little deals done to know that maximum amount.
Short hand...sign everyone else and see whats left.
Cruz isn't in a hurry because that is exactly what his agent told him, "the gravy train is coming, just need to see how big your biscuit wheels will be"
On the very same day in early 2014 when the Giants sign Eli to an extension, GmenNFCBeasts will be featured in the first story on the nightly news.
All of his neighbors will describe him as, "a quiet man who kept to himself"
Nobody know what Cruz is asking for and nobody knows what Reese is willing to pay him. However, there is one thing that is very safe to assume. His agent is going to compare his clients numbers to other WR's and he is going to ask the Giants for a contract that is comparable to those that other WR's with similar stats have already signed. That's pretty much how this works. It has nothing to do with Cruz' personality or the fact that the Giants gave him his big break. It has to do with the market that has been set by his peers.
I'm not saying players should take any contract given, but if the giants did indeed offer him a fair deal then he may regret not taking it later.
Dwayne Bowe (Drops lots of passes that his team needs him in the clutch)
Mike Wallace (One trick pony)
Greg Jennings (Good but too injury plagued to compete with Cruz)
Wes Welker (You really want to give Welker a huge contract at 32?)
His agent knows he's the trophy girl of the group and they're going to see what else is offered before getting tied up with the Giants.
3/25/14 - Updated Mock with 5th round comp pick
1. Anthony Barr, Defensive End, UCLA
2. Marcus Martin, Center Guard, USC
3. Anthony Johnson, Defensive Nostril Tackle, LSU
4. Marcel Jensen, Offensive End, Fresno State
5. Wesley Johnson, Offensive Any Guard, Vanderbilt
5. Aaron Colvin, Defensive Halfback, Oklahoma
6. Storm Johnson, Guy Who Runs With Football, UCF