I would never argue that Nicks isn't far more important a player. I think Nicks is a top 5 WR. But I would also not suggest that Cruz can be easily replaced by a 600-800 yard WR. The kid has proven that he can play. I wouldn't pay him top 10 money, but I'm not going to suggest he doesn't deserve something in the $5 to $6 MM/year range. Which is a hell of a lot more than a 600-800 yard "Jason Avante" type player would get.
You say that Cruz should get paid like a 600-800 yard WR. I say that's nuts. You say all we need is a 600-800 yard replacement for Cruz. Is it your view that a 600-800 yard WR would produce like Cruz does in the slot. If so, show me the evidence.
I'm saying any moderately intelligent/tough receiver would have 600-800 yards in the slot. Not that you can take any 600-800 yard receiver and get 1,500 yards out of them by moving them to the slot
What makes Cruz special is what he does after the catch, which is something that not many other slot receivers can do. With that being said, numbers tend to be inflated when a receiver is playing in the slot compared to what he would do on the outside especially when you take into account the system that is run here. I find it similar to Welker in Miami vs Welker in New England. The man should be paid like an elite slot receiver, but he shouldn't sniff Fitzgerald money and shouldn't make more than someone like Nicks.
You said in a previous post that Cruz should make "600-800 yards WR" money. Now you say he should be paid like Marcus Colston, who is a heck of a lot better than a 600-800 yard WR.
And makes a hell of a lot more money than the pedestrian contract you say Cruz is worth.
What the hell, Slippy!!!
here's your comment......
"My point is he should be paid like a 600-900 yard receiver."
"I never said anything about Cruz not being a good player. My point is he should be paid like a 600-900 yard receiver. Not a 1,500 yard receiver. If Cruz expects to be one of the highest paid receivers in the league he can find that money elsewhere. The giants meanwhile will find someone else who makes almost nothing and get 800 or so yards from them in the slot position".....
Football has been very, very good to us.
Even though 2013 was a losing season, we can console ourselves with this fact-
# of Super Bowl victories since 1985:
1-Chicago, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle
2-Washington, Green Bay, Denver, Pittsburgh, Baltimore
3-San Francisco, Dallas, New England
4-New York Giants!!!!!
Let's make it 5 in 2014 !!!
***Stat provided by "Schloss22"***