The New York Giants have made it clear they would like to keep Victor Cruz throughout their negotiations, and have even stated publicly, which is not their style, that if Victor would accept their offer, he would be a very wealthy young man. Well some of the details of that offer have surfaced as reported by Gary Myers:
The offer would seem to be in the three- or four-year range, as Myers adds that it would still leave the 26-year-old Cruz another chance to land a big contract later in his career.
I understand Victor and his agents look at things from a current to future perspective. What they believe they are worth now and going forward, but they really should sit back a moment and realize where they came from. Victor was an un-drafted free agent who got an invitation to camp purely to give the Giants enough bodies to hold practices. He had a decent camp, and then got injured. He then had another decent camp….one great game vs. The Jets, who have become his personal highlight reel, and then a not so great beginning to his career. Taking the jump from zero to 300,000 to 3 million would be pretty good in the short time he has been in the league. Being offered 7 million, with guaranteed money, to play with Eli, in the only system he knows, with Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle to occupy defensive backs, and a chance to hit the jackpot one more time, is a windfall.
We all love Victor, but at this point the writing is on the wall….no one else can afford to pay him, and taking a chance that he can outlast the Giants while risking injury would be foolish. Take the deal and stay beloved Victor…the time has come