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Report: Victor Cruz to sign restricted free agent tender, report to Giants camp

06/14/2013 12:48 PM ET
By Michael Tanowitz
A breakthrough has come in the Victor Cruz saga.

According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Cruz is headed to the Giants’ practice facility on Friday, intending to sign his first-round restricted free-agent tender that is worth nearly $3 million.

Cruz also reportedly told Anderson that “I'm going to sign my tender today and will continue talks for a long-term deal before camp starts.”

If Cruz did not sign the offer by June 17, the Giants had the ability to cut the tendered salary to $594,000. The Pro Bowl wideout skipped all of the Giants’ offseason activities while seeking a long-term deal, but will now contractually obligated to attend Giants training camp.

Big Blue signed the UMass alum as an undrafted free agent in 2010, and after missing that entire season due to injury, Cruz burst on the scene in a big way in 2011; playing in all 16 games and starting seven, he has 82 receptions for a franchise single-season record 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns, and then led the way with 10 catches for 142 yards in the Giants’ Super Bowl victory over New England.

Last season, Cruz started all 16 games, catching 86 balls for 1,092 yards and 10 scores, and was named to his first Pro Bowl.

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