NFL RUMORS: WILL GIANTS SIGN VICTOR CRUZ TO A NEW CONTRACT?
"One of the more intriguing NFL rumors to surface recently surrounds
wide receiver Victor Cruz, and the
York Giants. Cruz virtually came out of nowhere last season and
had one of the best seasons ever for a Giants wide receiver. The twenty-five
year-old receiver from Paterson, NJ caught 82 passes for 1,536 yards and 9 TDís
in his first year as a Giants starter. He entered the year as the teamís fourth
receiver behind Hakeem Nicks,
Mario Manningham, and Domenik Hixon. However, an ACL injury to
Hixon in Week 2 against the St.
Louis Rams thrust Cruz into a more prominent role and he did not
Cruz is entering the final year of his
contract that will pay him $500,000 this year before he become an unrestricted
free agent. However, Cruz is not stressing a new deal. He has complete
confidence that his agent, Malik
Shareef, will be able to negotiate a fair deal with GM Jerry Reese. Reese stated earlier in the
offseason that he would like to sign Cruz to a new, long-term contract but that
it would not be a priority. Cruz, meanwhile, has not threatened to hold out if
a deal isnít done, nor has he been vocal about his contract at all.
Cruz, while Iím sure he would like the financial
security, has run counter to what most of his peers in the NFL do in similar
situations. Instead of complaining to anyone who will listen, being coy, or
threatening to hold out, Cruz has answered all contract questions the same way,
telling them he is letting his agent handle the negotiations.
Cruzís unflappable demeanor on and off the
field has endeared him to Giants fans and Giants coaches alike. Whether it is
doing a salsa dance on a stage somewhere, staying cool with the media, or
scoring a winning touchdown, Cruz remains the same.
The Giants might be waiting to see how
Cruz performs in the beginning of this season before hammering out a contract.
This is a risk for both Cruz and the Giants. If Cruz gets off to an even better
start than last season he can demand more money. If he
starts off slowly, the Giants can offer him less. That is the business of the
NFL and all sports but I donít think there is anyway the Giants allow him to
play out the whole season before getting him locked-up long-term to a pretty
attractive deal that makes sense for both sides."