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New York Giants News And Notes: Victor Cruz, Mario Manningham And More

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Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let's tour the Inter-Google and find out what is being written and said that might be of interest to you this morning.

Why Victor Cruz won't get a huge payday | National Football Post
As Matt Bowen recently pointed out, Victor Cruz’s performance in 2011 warrants a new deal.

However, the odds are against the Giants wideout getting a new contract anytime soon. With the type of season Cruz had, he would probably command over $8 million per year in the open market on a deal similar to the ones signed by Sidney Rice ($41 million, 5 years, $18.5 million guaranteed) and Santonio Holmes ($45 million, 5 years, $24.25 million guaranteed).

Unfortunately for Cruz, timing is everything and he has poor timing. Reworking Cruz’s contract isn’t a huge priority for the New York Giants right now. The team is more concerned with getting under the salary cap and free agency. With the cap expected to remain relatively flat, the Giants have $129,105,807 committed towards next season’s cap. They need to re-structure several contracts or release players to get under the cap by March 13th, the start of the 2012 League Year.

Compounding matters is that twenty-four players are headed for free agency, including several key contributors like Jake Ballard, Mario Manningham, Aaron Ross and Steve Weatherford.

Monday Morning Quarterback - Peter King -
Six teams have more than $40 million in cap room available entering the start of the league year three weeks from now. What's the one position five of those teams -- all but Cincinnati -- have in common? A need at receiver.

This, of course, is good news for free-agent wide receiver Mario Manningham. One of those teams -- Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Washington, Denver or Jacksonville -- could offer Manningham a whole lot more money than the Giants will.

Offseason ACL rehab is no joke in the NFL | National Football Post

Free Agency: Shopping for Experience |
PFF's Sam Monson points out value at the older end of the free agent spectrum.

Mike Mayock Explains The Scouting Combine Drills
Each February, hundreds of the very best college football players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams conduct an intense, four-day job interview in advance of the NFL Draft. Here is a brief breakdown of the measurable drills.