NEW YORK (WFAN) — Giants quarterback Eli Manning hopes — check that, believes — he’ll still have Victor Cruz as a teammate in 2013.
Manning has been in contact with the wide receiver, who could land with another team as a restricted free agent.
“We’re kind of talking about our planning and when we’re going to start working out, when we’re going to start throwing and getting ready for this upcoming season,” Manning told WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Wednesday. “And honestly, I hope that he’s with the Giants.”
That goes without saying.
The Giants’ leading receiver for the past two seasons, Cruz emerged from obscurity in 2011 to set a franchise record with 1,536 yards, and followed that up with 1,092 yards in 2012.
Manning believes Cruz — who wants a significant raise — will be playing in New York next season.