NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the next few days are viewed as important, with talks planned, according to two sources informed of the situation.
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"Both sides just need to give a little bit," a source told the Post. "But it's going to happen."
Cruz mostly has remained silent during contract talks, but he spoke to the Post at a charity event.
Asked if a contract was close, Cruz replied, "I'd rather not answer any type of questions now, but it's moving."
"In a perfect world, I want to finish my career here," Cruz said. "I'm from here, born and raised in New Jersey. I wouldn't want to play anywhere else. But I understand it's a business and all of that. In a perfect world, this is (where) I'd like to be."
Rapoport reports that Cruz hasn't decided if he'll sign his tender and show up for organized team activities next week.
The Giants might show the same restraint as an act of good faith in negotiations. That is, if a deal isn't struck before then.