The Giants placed a first-round tender on restricted free-agent wide receiver Victor Cruz.

The Rams and Vikings were thought to be two of the likeliest teams to sign Cruz to an offer sheet because they both possess two first-round draft picks and could afford to part with one.

Jane McManus of ESPN New York reports Cruz isn’t a free-agent target of the Vikings or Rams, according to Adam Schefter.

Minnesota signed receiver Greg Jennings on Friday to a five-year deal worth $47.5 million, reducing the likelihood the Vikings would go after Cruz.

As for the Rams, they let Danny Amendola bolt for the Patriots over money, so spending big to get Cruz doesn’t seem to fit with their free-agency philosophy. Amendola signed a five-year deal worth $31 million.

Cruz has been a popular, valuable wide receiver for the Giants, but he has also been extremely cost-efficient. Signed as an undrafted free agent from UMass, Cruz stands to make just under $3 million next season, up from his base salary of $540,000 in 2012.

Since the Giants would have the opportunity to match any offer for Cruz, a team would likely have to offer the wide receiver a high-priced deal in addition to giving up the first-round pick.

 

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