Giants co-owner: Victor Cruz likely to command big money

The Giants want to keep Victor Cruz, but will they be able to afford him? (USATSI)
The Giants want to keep Victor Cruz, but will they be able to afford him? (USATSI)

New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said Sunday that the team is intent on keeping restricted free-agent wide receiver Victor Cruz around, even though he's likely to command better than $6 million per year.

"We're going to go as far as we can to keep him on the team," Tisch said, according to Tom Rock of Newsday.

Tisch expects offers to come in for Cruz, and his estimation is that 26-year-old will end up with a higher contract than Wes Welker's $6 million per year deal with the Broncos.

Not much has happened in recent days between the Giants and Cruz, but the team sees Cruz's decision to change agents as positive. If Cruz signs an offer sheet elsewhere the Giants have a chance to match, or they would receive a first-round pick as compensation.

Several teams are interested in Cruz -- perhaps the league's best slot receiver -- including the Minnesota Vikings, who are sitting on two first-round draft picks. The Colts are also in the market for a receiver, though team owner Jim Irsay said Sunday night that Cruz wasn't a target.

Regardless, it sounds like the Giants are planning to keep Cruz around, but if a team comes in at a higher number than New York is prepared for, they may be forced to let him walk.

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