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Giants Cruz Asking for Too Much Money, Kolb Still Not Evaluated by Arians

This offseason, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will become a restricted free agent but he wants to remain with his current team; the feeling is mutual but the two sides are far apart on money.

On Friday, Giants owner John Mara talked about the situation and responded whether a deal would get done before the season via Newsday with, “I hope so, and we certainly want him back. But, like with any player, there’s a limit to where we’re going to go (monetarily). 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. But I hope we can get him back, and you know what, this is the best place for him to be playing. He’s become such a fan favorite, he’s become so popular in this area.

“I think it’s in his best interest to stay. But that’s sales pitch anyway. I think we’ll get something done. … But if not, God bless him, we’ll wish him luck.”

Earlier in the week Cruz said he wasn’t becoming antsy about a contract and added via PFT, “I know they have to come around at some point.”

The wide receiver said talks should resume in the offseason but doesn’t it mean a deal will be done.

But Mara did say of Cruz, “(He) is a high priority, he absolutely is, but he’s not our only priority. You have to have 53 guys signed and we have some needs in other areas, too. But listen, we do want him back and he is certainly a priority and I’m still optimistic about it.”

In other news, the Arizona Cardinals have a new coach in town, Bruce Arians and he is in desperate need of a quarterback to lead his team. He has plenty on his roster but will he stick with them? Another question is, “What does he think of Kevin Kolb?”

At this point, Arians can’t really say; he hasn’t evaluated the player yet. The clock is ticking as Kolb has a $2 million bonus coming next month and a 2013 salary at $9 million salary thanks to his 2011, six-year, $63.5 million contract. Should the Cardinals decide to keep him, they probably have to change some numbers.

Arian said via NFL.com, “I’m looking forward to meeting with Kevin and we’ll cross that bridge as soon as we have to. I’ve seen enough film to know that he is good enough, but we have to protect him a lot better. When he is healthy, he has had some good moments. He has had some not-so-good moments. We have to protect him better, run the ball better.”

He then added, “Offensively, we need to get some guys healthy, evaluate our quarterback position and if there is a guy behind door No. 2 that could help us more, we might go that way or we’ll make the ones we have better.”

Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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