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John Mara 'confident' Giants will lock up Victor Cruz

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged in April that he's concerned the Giants have yet to lock up wide receiver Victor Cruz to a long-term contract. Coughlin's boss, however, isn't sweating it.

"I'm pretty confident that we'll end up reaching a deal with (Cruz)," Giants co-owner John Mara told NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Tuesday. "This is not that atypical a situation. Player contracts, particularly with star players like Victor, can tend to drag on from time to time. I think we'll get it done.

"This is the right place for him to play. He's a star in this area, he's an important part of our team and I think we'll eventually get a deal done, but it's just a process that you have to go through. And we're going through it right now. There's communication, and it's slow but steady, and I think at some point we'll reach a deal."

Despite the optimism, Cruz has yet to sign his $2.879 million contract tender and reportedly seeks in the neighborhood of $10 million per year. Mara and the Giants reportedly are prepared to offer closer to $7 million.

General manager Jerry Reese has navigated these waters masterfully before and assured reporters in April, "It's just business. And we are hoping things work out."

We expect a contract to get done -- but, the Giants also have Hakeem Nicks to think about. The veteran wideout becomes a free agent after next season, and he'll want every penny Cruz is paid. But that's another headache for another day.

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