The clock has tick tocked itself out and the Jeopardy theme has long since run its course, yet restricted free agent (RFA) Victor Cruz remains unsigned. And although numerous reports recently suggested the ongoing negotiations were nearing their end, New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said on Tuesday that talks continue and the process is “just taking its time.” No kidding.
“We’re talking. Tom Condon is talking to Jerry [Reese] and I’m personally confident that Victor wants to be a Giant, will be a Giant,” Tisch said on his way into the NFL spring meeting. “He’s a great guy. It’s just taking its time.”
Late last week, the New York Post reported that the negotiations were on the “2-yard line,” but leave it to the Giants to fail to punch it into the end zone — after all, they seem to struggle mightily in short yardage situations.
The good news is that Cruz recently lowered his contract demands, which put both sides within striking distance of a new deal. What the remaining holdup is however, is anyone’s guess.
In the mean time, there are sure to be at least 20 more reports suggesting a deal is close, with 20 others suggesting nothing is imminent. But, at the end of the day (royalties to Antrel Rolle), the words of former Giants General Manager George Young reign true: “There is no almost. There is only done and not done.”
Right now, things are not done.
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