Giants finally sign Victor Cruz to new contract
The Giants stood their ground in negotiations, virtually ignoring Cruz's lofty demands, and it paid of for the organization. FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Monday that Cruz has agreed to a five-year extension with the Giants worth $43 million. The extension is on top of the one-year RFA tender that Cruz signed for the 2013 season, so the deal is essentially a six-year, $45.879 million pact. The deal contains $15.6 million in guarantees.
Though the parameters of the deal are in place, the two sides still need to agree on contract language and other minor details. However, sources say that there should be no holdups in the remaining negotiations, and Cruz is expected to put ink to paper on Tuesday.
Cruz's new deal makes him the 17th highest paid receiver in the NFL. It's not quite what he was hoping for at the beginning on negotiations, but he certainly doesn't have much to complain about.
After bursting on the scene two years ago, Cruz proved that he was more than a one-season wonder by following up his breakout campaign with his first career Pro Bowl selection. Cruz has only appeared in 35 regular season games over the course of his NFL career (three of which came playing special teams in 2010), but he has already amassed 168 catches, 2,628 yards, and 19 touchdowns. He has led the Giants in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns in each of the past two seasons.
He'll return to the Giants as a key piece of their offense, which ranked sixth in scoring last season. Cruz is one of the premier slot receivers in today's game, and he makes a good case as the league's top speed receiver out of the slot. His return will help quarterback Eli Manning have a shot at making his third straight Pro Bowl appearance.
At the age of 26, Cruz is still very much in his prime. The Giants have locked him up through his age-31 season, so it is likely that he will be spending the best years of his career playing for Big Blue.