Morning. Last night, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the Giants and wide receiver Victor Cruz will have a long-term contract worked out prior to the start of the season. Mort says "parameters are in place," but details need to be worked out. Now, part of me thought that this represented no real change from the status quo, as the Giants have long been of the opinion that they'd get a Cruz deal worked out before the start of this season and the issue to this point has been Cruz's refusal to accept their offer. But if a reporter like Mort is reporting something like this, there must have been some sort of change from Cruz's end to advance the story. If the Giants' offer is as has been reported ($8 million per year range), then it's entirely possible Cruz has decided to sign it and is just waiting to see if something else happens between now and the start of training camp to improve his leverage. We'll know more in 24 days, when Giants training camp begins and we see whether Cruz holds out. But in the meantime, this is news for which Giants fans have been waiting a while.
Other links for today:
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Newcomer Ryan Mundy says the Giants "aren't dwelling on" last year's struggles in the secondary but are learning from them.
Chip Kelly has sought advice from former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil about coaching in Philadelphia and the challenges of moving from college coaching to the NFL level.
The Eagles' new starting cornerbacks have plenty of confidence and are going to need it as they assume the pressures of playing this high-stress position in Philadelphia.
It's possible that the Redskins would place quarterback Robert Griffin III on the PUP list to start training camp. But as Mike Jones explains, this would simply be a procedural move and would not be cause of alarm among Redskins fans.
Salary-cap problems limited the Redskins' ability to make upgrades at any position, leading Rich Tandler to ask: Are you happy with the offensive line?
ESPNDallas.com's Cowboys position series looks today at defensive tackle, where the keys are the health of Jay Ratliff and the ability of Jason Hatcher to play both spots, as he did during OTAs and minicamp.
And I'm not sure how I missed this yesterday, but apparently Cowboys offensive lineman Phil Costa is now engaged to Hulk Hogan's daughter.