NFL.com The New York Giants are moving on from Victor Cruz. NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones reported Monday the Giants have released the veteran wide receiver, per a source informed of the decision. The Record first reported the news. Cruz has spent his entire seven-year career with the Giants.
Releasing Victor Cruz was a no-brainer decision for the New York Giants, he was owed $9.4 million for the 2017 season, and produced just 39 catches for 586 yards and one touchdown in 2016. There are rumors that Cruz could end up back with the Giants, at a much lower salary, he is well liked in New York and the Giants are the only team he’s ever played for in his career. There is no doubt that Cruz is not the same player after suffering a torn patellar tendon during the 2014 season, which cost him the remainder of the 2014 season and the entire 2015 season, and with superstar Odell Beckham Jr and rookie standout Sterling Sheppard on the roster a very expensive Victor Cruz was very expendable. Teams looking for a veteran slot receiver could take a flier on Cruz, but the now 30-year-old wideout’s days a a superstar are in the rearview mirror, he could still help a team as a possession receiver.
UPDATE: According to reports, the Giants career of Victor Cruz is indeed over, he was interested in taking a pay cut to stay with the team but the Giants offered no such deal.