If this is TRULY what Cruz is looking for, then I trade him for whatever we can get for him. And quite frankly, I'd do the same with Nicks as well if that's what he, who is a great WR but too frequently injured, is looking for. There's no way in heck I'm locking so much money up in a WR.
Personally, I thought that we should have extended Cruz last year coming off of that 1,500+ yards that he put up in '11. 1,500 is never a fluke -- too many yards to be a fluke.
Amazing to me how the tone of the boards has changed on this. Initially was the fear of him getting a RFA offer the Giants couldn't possibly match and now its fear that the Giants will overpay to keep him. The 1 constant in all of these scenarios is the Giants still have and have always had the upper hand in these negotiations. Cruz only gets the upper hand if he plays out the contract has another good year and reaches UFA status. Even then only if the market thinks of him as a true #1 as opposed to a slot receiver.
Just negotiations. They will meet somewhere around 8.5 per year with a lot guaranteed. You always start higher than what you are willing to take. Negotiating 101.
Oakland will apparently have $69 million in cap space next off-season. If Cruz wants to test the market, he could easily wind up there.
Surely the threat of becoming a Raider would provide impetus to sign the extension.