The New York Giants are making a new long-term contract for wide receiver Hakeem Nicks a priority over one for Victor Cruz, ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday.
Cruz is a restricted free agent this offseason, while Nicks actually has one year remaining on his contract. But the Giants want to get something done with Nicks because they view him as their long-term, legitimate No. 1 wideout, Schefter reported.
Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters Friday in New Orleans that the team wants Cruz back — but at a manageable price.
“We certainly want him back, but like with any player, there’s a limit to where we’re going to go,” Mara said. “He’s been a terrific player for us, he’s a fan favorite, he does a lot for our franchise, but there is a limit.”
The 26-year-old Cruz is coming off two stellar seasons in which he averaged 84 catches, 1,314 yards and 9.5 touchdowns per season. He helped the Giants to a Super Bowl championship last season.
Nicks, 25, was limited to only 13 games last season while dealing with knee and foot injuries. He caught 53 passes for 692 yards and three touchdowns in 2012, the first time in three seasons that he did not catch more than 75 passes for more than 1,000 yards.