[caption id="attachment_27343" align="aligncenter" width="410"] Mark Runyon | Football Schedule[/caption] With the recent re-signing of Victor Cruz to a huge five-year deal, the New York Giants must now weigh up their options between now and the season's end. Do they offer their No.1 wideout, Hakeem Nicks, a similar or better deal, or wait and see what happens in 2013? Nicks, who becomes a free agent in 2014, has been injury prone since entering the NFL in 2009. He has not played a full 16 game season once. He no doubt has the talent, but durability is a major concern. The question then is do the Giants pay Nicks a deal in the vicinity of what Miami paid Mike Wallace? General Manager Jerry Reese has a tricky decision to make, as he must also take into account that pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul will also be a free-agent in 2015. Locking up Victor Cruz for another five years (a $43-million deal that takes up a decent chunk of the salary cap) limits what the Giants can pay other star players. Cruz has earned this payday with 168 catches for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns in the last two seasons. It's had not to justify that re-signing. Nicks will earn $2.725 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract and will be looking for a big pay day himself. However, once again it seems he has found himself in injury trouble and is considered to be "limited" by the team. https://twitter.com/art_stapleton/status/362983114278043649 I, for one, will doubt that the new contract will come from Jerry Reese and Co., despite what they say to the media. Not only are injuries a concern, but the Giants coaching staff have high hopes for Reuben Randle. Many have tipped Randle to breakout this season and if he does, Nicks will seem more expendable. If the Giants want to keep both Nicks and Cruz, Jerry Reese can slap the franchise tag on Nicks to make sure he doesn't leave as a free agent in 2014, but that means a salary in the $10-11 million range. Investing some $18-19 million of cap space in two wide receivers, coupled with Eli Manning's hefty salary in 2014, will cause the Giants to feel the cap squeeze. There's certainly plenty of reasons to think they'd want to keep both Cruz and Nicks in the fold. If New York manage to keep hold of their star assets would there be a better receiving duo in the NFL? You could make a solid argument for the dynamic duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White in Atlanta, or maybe in Denver with Thomas, Decker and Welker, but not many others. The decisions Jerry Reese will make over the next 6-12 months will turn the New York Giants into either perennial contenders or basement fodder, and it all begins with the wideouts. It won't be easy for him.