Coughlin: 'Clock's running' on Cruz

June, 11, 2013
6/11/13
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin is trying to remain optimistic about Victor Cruz's contract situation.

But the head coach lamented the time lost this offseason so far as Cruz continues to try to work out a new deal.

"I've been optimistic since Day One and it hasn’t gotten me anywhere has it?" Coughlin said. "So I’ll just continue to be that way. The clock’s running. Calendar dates are going by fellas."

Coughlin actually licked his fingers and motioned as if he were turning calendar pages. Cruz did not show up for the first day of mandatory minicamp and doesn't have to be here since he has yet to sign his restricted free-agent tender. If Cruz doesn't sign his tender worth $2.879 million, the Giants can lower the tender to $630,000 on June 17.

But it is hard seeing the Giants going that route, which would only add tension to negotiations.

While Coughlin has one receiver back in Hakeem Nicks, he would like to have Cruz back as well.

"This is something that at least we could have benefited by if nothing else, this minicamp," Coughlin said. "But you have to realize that there is no contract at this time. Without a contract he is not going to be here."
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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