Now that Victor Cruz landed a long-term extension with the Giants, he’s holding out hope that his teammate Hakeem Nicks will also be able to stick around for a long time.
“Oh yeah, I’m definitely going to put the pressure on him to come back and see if he wants to play with me for the long haul and see if we can do this together for a couple of years,” Cruz said, via the New York Daily News. “We’ll see how it goes. Hakeem’s his own man. He’s going to make his own decisions. But I’m definitely going to see if I can get him to stay with me for a couple of years.”
Cruz admits he’s concerned the the Giants won’t be able to sign Nicks to an extension.
“I’m concerned as a teammate and as a friend because I want to see Hakeem around in Giants blue as long as we’re together in the National Football League,” Cruz said. “But there’s ways to do things. There’s ways that you can create space.
“So I think that’s a road the Giants have to cross when they get there. But it’s going to be tough. It’s going to take some decision-making. It’s going to take whether Hakeem wants to be here or not. And it’s about him taking care of his family at this point. We’ll see how it goes, but it’s definitely going to be a long road ahead.”
Cruz has some advice for Nicks.
“Take my approach and don’t say anything,” Cruz said. “You don’t need to say anything. There’s nothing to say that’s going to help your cause, at least publicly. Just stay with your family, stay grounded, stay in communication with your agent and let him know exactly what you want and what you’re looking for. That’s all you need. And then everything will unfold from there.”
The already don’t have a lot of cap room. It’s going to be interesting to see how they work this out.