What most already thought was true finally became a reality. New York Giants’ wide receiver Victor Cruz is officially out for the season. He made the announcement Monday morning that he is having calf surgery, which ultimately would end his season. Cruz has been recovering for a torn patellar tendon since last year. He was scheduled to see the field at some point this season before he announced his surgery.
While this isn’t a surprise to anyone, it’s time to think about what comes next. Cruz’s career with the Giants is now in doubt. Missing an entire season with an injury and counting around $10 million against the Giants’ salary cap next year isn’t a good combination.
It is very possible the Giants may pursue other options. They could resign Ruben Randle for a lot cheaper because he is in a contract year. They could also opt to roll with Dwayne Harris, who has shined in a couple of games this year.
The only way the Giants will decide to keep Cruz is if he decides to restructure his contract. If he isn’t willing to do that then it is likely the Giants will cut him. The salary cap hit is too much for a injury filled wide receiver. Cruz will always be a huge part of Giants’ history, but the NFL like everything else comes down to money.
If the Giants feel as if they are losing out on the contract, there is no way they are keeping Cruz on the roster. There are too many holes on the roster that need to be addressed, especially on the defensive side of the ball.