EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Even as the deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets with other teams approached, Giants general manager Jerry Reese was making no assumptions about the future of Victor Cruz.
The team's top pass-catcher of 2012 — still unsigned to a one-year, first-round tender worth $2.879 million — remained absent from the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program Thursday. Reese had no idea if he'd see the Pro Bowl standout during the program, training camp, or even into the season.
"I don't assume anything," Reese said. "When we get ready to play, we'll have good player. I don't know if Victor will be on the team or not. If Victor's not here, we'll have other receivers. One player doesn't make your team."
Cruz caught 86 passes for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.