Offensive lineman David Diehl said in an interview with the NFL Network that he was willing to restructure his contract with the New York Giants if the team asked him to.
Diehl, who has played 10 seasons for the Giants, said he was willing to "do some things to restructure" his contract, allowing the team to keep key players, like wide receiver Victor Cruz.
"I have restructured before in my 10 seasons of being a New York Giant. It's not something that I'm unfamiliar with. I mean, that's part of the business of the NFL," Diehl said, adding that the team had not approached him about reworking the terms of his contract.
Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, however, said last week that management was trying to negotiate with Diehl to restructure his contract to free up more salary cap space.
The offensive lineman, who is entering the last year of his contract, will have a base salary of $4.4 million next season.
Diehl said he and other teammates were monitoring the situation with Cruz, a restricted free agent who is seeking a contract extension that will keep him with the Giants for several years.
"I wish I was his agent. I'd tell you more answers, and I wish I was upstairs in the office," Diehl said on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access." "But like you said, Eli (Manning) would be willing to do things, I'd be willing to do some things to restructure and help other guys out, and to keep a great teammate along like Victor Cruz."
The New York Daily News reported Saturday that the Giants have made Cruz an offer that exceeds $7 million per season, with a large amount of guaranteed money.
The team is also looking to extend the contract of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and re-sign offensive lineman Kevin Booth, a former Cornell standout.
Quarterback Eli Manning, offensive lineman Chris Snee and Diehl have all expressed a willingness to restructure their contracts to allow the Giants to sign Cruz and Boothe to long-term deals. EFE