Personal familiar with situation: Victor Cruz not on hand for start of Giants' voluntary work


Free agent Victor Cruz, a wide receiver, runs with the ball during football workouts at Duke University in Durham, N.C., Thursday, April 11, 2013. Cruz joined brothers Eli and Peyton Manning for workouts at Duke this week. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)The Associated Press

The New York Giants have started voluntary offseason workouts without restricted free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz.

A source close the team says Cruz, who has led the Giants' in receiving the last two seasons, was not at the well-attended workout at the club's headquarters. The source asks not to be identified because the team was not saying which players participated.

The Giants placed a first-round tender on Cruz a little more than a month ago. It allowed the popular receiver to enter restricted free agency, but it also gave New York the right to match any offer he received.

If the Giants allow him to leave, they will get a first-round draft choice as compensation.