this is why the giants win super bowls.
Yesterday, quarterback Eli Manning said he'd be willing to listen if the Giants approached him about reworking his contract to get Victor Cruz in the fold.
And today, right tackle David Diehl said to count him in.
"I would be willing to do some things to restructure and help other guys out and keep a great teammate ... like Victor Cruz," Diehl said tonight on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access." "I have restructured before in my 10 seasons of being a New York Giant. It is not something I am unfamiliar with. That’s part of the business in the NFL.”
In Diehl's case, he would likely have to take a pay cut. The 10-year veteran offensive lineman only has one year left on his contract -- with a base salary of $4.475 million and a cap figure of $6.903 million -- so the cap dollars can't be pushed into future years.
The Giants have managed to make a series of low-cost free agency moves that fir under the cap, but will need more space down the line, potentially to sign rookies in the summer. Will Diehl end up redoing his contract?
“Nothing’s happening as of yet," Diehl said. "I have been there the last seven weeks after having my knee scoped and having some surgery. I have been going there, in and out each and every day. We will see what happens, what happens [and] plays out here with Victor Cruz and everything like that.”
Cruz, who set the Giants' single-season receiving record in 2011, is a restricted free agent. Negotiations with the Giants toward a long-term deal have so far not been fruitful.
“You are talking a critical piece of to our offense," Diehl said. "It is important to get a guy like Victor Cruz back to go inside with Hakeem Nicks coming off injury.”
Diehl added, "He doesn’t want to go anywhere, he wants to stay a New York Giant, just like we want him to. Obviously now this is now structuring the money, getting him a deal that he thinks is fair, that he wants to sign. Like I said, knowing from my coaches that I play for on the Giants, or teammates, we definitely want Victor Cruz in our locker room. He is going to help us win football games and get us back to the Super Bowl.”