PAY DAY: One fast player at this week's combine may have a contract offer even before April's draft weekend.
The shoemaker Adidas took out an ad in The Indianapolis Star on Saturday, offering a contract to the player who runs the fastest time this weekend.
It might take a while to find the winner. Last year's fastest 40-time (4.28 seconds) was posted by Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill. There has been a sub-4.3 run each of the past five years and there have been 14 times under 4.3 since 2005. LSU receiver Trindon Holliday set the record (4.21) in 2010.
So why the wait?
Four of those top times were posted by cornerbacks and they won't run until Tuesday.
TOP PERFORMERS: Among the offensive line prospects Saturday, Ohio University guard Eric Herman finished with the most reps (36) on the 225-pound bench press, while Terron Armstead was the fastest, finishing the 40-yard dash in 4.71 seconds. Oklahoma's Lane Johnson was second in the 40 at 4.72.
Armstead (34½ inches) and Johnson (34) also posted the best vertical jump numbers.
Among tight ends, Arkansas' Chris Gragg (4.50) and Maryland's Matt Furstenburg (4.62) were the fastest. Gragg also led his peers with a 37 ½-inch vertical jump. Tommy Bohanon, a fullback at Wake Forest who worked out with the tight ends on Saturday, also did 36 reps to lead his group.
PLAYING COY: New York reporters tried to get Giants general manager Jerry Reese to open up about his offseason plans.
Reese did what most front-office people do in Indianapolis, keeping those thoughts to himself.
He did share a few thoughts, like whether the Giants valued Hakeem Nicks over Victor Cruz.
"No, that's not correct," Reese said. "They're both good players, we like them both, and I don't think we like one more than the other.
Or on the recent comments from Colts career sacks leader Dwight Freeney, who is now a free agent and has expressed interest in playing for New York, the team he grew up watching in Connecticut.
"We investigate everything," Reese said.
But for the most part, Reese did little to shed light on what the Giants would do before the free agent market opens March 12.
"We keep all our options open," Reese said when asked about team owner John Mara's comments that New York wouldn't use the franchise tag this year. "John and Steve Tisch own the team, they can say whatever they want. But I would like to say we would like to keep all of our options open with respect to that."
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