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Victor Cruz to sign long-term contract before camp

New York's star wide receiver to report to training camp on time
07/02/2013 4:17 PM ET
By Chantz Martin

Victor Cruz grabbed 86 catches for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the Giants.(AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will reportedly sign a long-term contract with the team prior to the opening of training camp on July 26, according to NFL.com and ESPN reports.

Cruz declined a long-term contract offered by the Giants earlier in the offseason, and after several weeks of negotiations stalled, he agreed to the terms of a $2.879 million first-round restricted free-agent tender on June 14.

Sides are close to finalizing details, according to NFL.com, and Cruz has been vocal about his desire to be compensated via a long-term contract. If the deal is not done prior to training camp, there has been no indication that Cruz will hold out, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapaport; the receiver is contractually bound to attend after signing the tender, and could be fined $30,000 a day if he does hold out.

Cruz has become one of the top receivers in the league over the last two seasons, notching 168 catches for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns, and he earned his first Pro Bowl berth last season.

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