GIANTS' VICTOR CRUZ HIRES A NEW CONTRACT AGENT
"A word of caution before we get into this: none of what you're about to read
means Victor Cruz is about to make a strong push for a new contract or take a
hard stance in negotiations.
That being settled, the NFL Players Association's website shows a new agent
for the Giants' wide receiver this
afternoon: Malik Shareef.
If the name doesn't ring a bell for the average fan, it's because Shareef is
a relative newcomer to the agent biz. According to this
blog entry, he graduated from law school in 2006.
But Shareef has landed some high-profile clients in the past few years. He
was Joe Haden's agent when the Cleveland Browns' cornerback negotiated his
$50-million rookie deal. Shareef currently has five active clients: Arizona
Cardinals running back Ryan Williams (a second-round pick last year), Browns
safety David Sims (an undrafted free agent for the Giants last year), Houston
Texans cornerback Rashad Carmichael, New Orleans Saints linebacker Nate Bussey
and now Cruz.
Cruz, who signed a marketing contract with IMG after the Super Bowl, recently
parted with the agent who signed him out of UMass. His girlfriend Elaina Watley
told the Wall Street Journal last month the lack of urgency in hiring a new
representative showed "he's
not looking to re-do his contract." (Watley also told the Journal's Aditi
Kinkhabwala Cruz's first agent, Jack Huntington, "was awesome. We just
wanted to go in a different direction.")
Cruz is scheduled to earn $540,000 in base salary this upcoming season, so
eventually he will be looking to cash in on his newfound stardom. Despite the
change in agents, there are no indications he's going to make this an ugly
battle anytime soon."