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Cruz says he won’t hold out

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Receiver Victor Cruz, who went from undrafted free agent in 2010 to breakout star in 2011, has one year left on his current contract, at a salary of $540,000.  The Giants have yet to show any inclination to give him a new deal.  And while that may not be OK with Cruz, he won’t hold out.

That’s not in my vocabulary,” Cruz told Bruce Beck of NBC 4, via Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I don’t even know what that means.”

Cruz went even farther than that, saying he’s not unhappy with his current deal.

“I’m not frustrated at all.  I’m just trying to go in there and play football,” Cruz separately told a group of reporters at the Nike uniform unveiling.  “When I was young it wasn’t about money, it wasn’t about fame and fortune.  It was just about playing football.  So regardless of how short-term this career can be, I just want to go out there and play.  All of that stuff will take care of itself.”

It’s a good attitude, but the ever-present risk of a career-altering injury could end or limit his career before he ever gets rewarded for his accomplishments.  If that concept likewise isn’t in Cruz’s vocabulary, he should contact former Giants receiver Steve Smith, who didn’t work out a long-term deal with the team before suffering a knee injury from which he hasn’t fully recovered.

Regardless, Cruz has little leverage.  He can stay away from voluntary offseason workouts and, if willing to pay the fine, boycott any mandatory minicamps.  Once training camp opens, the fines shoot to $30,000 per day (or nearly one of his $31,764.70 game checks per day), and if Cruz doesn’t show up 30 days before the regular-season opener, he loses a year of credit toward free agency, preventing him from becoming a restricted free agent in March 2013.

So it’s smart not to hold out.  But Cruz should be doing whatever he can do to position himself for a payday.  He may be dancing now, but the music can stop at any time.

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52 Responses to “Cruz says he won’t hold out”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Apr 4, 2012 7:37 AM

    It’s a sign of the times that when a WR under contract says he ‘won’t hold out’ that it’s news.

  2. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 4, 2012 7:41 AM

    Don’t hold out. But go knock on the owner and GM’s door every day and ask for a new contract. Then call them right before they go to sleep and ask for a new contract.

    There are other ways of holding out. Become a huge pain in the ass for the people with the money. Just keep it in the locker room.

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 4, 2012 7:42 AM

    *keep it out of the locker room

  4. gpete1962 says: Apr 4, 2012 7:45 AM

    I hope the Giants do the right thing and get this cleaned up fast. Not only is he a home town boy he’s a good kid to boot.

  5. godcanfirealdavis says: Apr 4, 2012 7:55 AM

    The entire league should get in agreement to make these guys honor there contracts… If they want to hold out, fine.. Let em . But it would put a stop to this kind of threat players think they have… Kudos to Cruz .

  6. hooks024 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:01 AM

    This guy needs a long term deal now. If there was any doubt before, his elder statesman like response shows his character. He deserves a raise, as well as a “c” on his chest.

  7. hooks024 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:03 AM

    If there was any doubt before that this kid deserves a long term deal, this response should settle it. His elder statesman like response shows that he needs a raise, as well as a “c” on his chest.

  8. nygiants2286 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:08 AM

    Hopefully he doesn’t mean that he literally does not know what the word lockout means

  9. nfl fan says: Apr 4, 2012 8:10 AM

    At a time when many receivers would hold out or making the news for the wrong reasons, Victor Cruz continues to shine in every way.

    When the time is right, he’ll get paid and he deserves it. Glad to say, he’s no Steve Smith…he’s Victor CRUUUUUZ!

  10. cup1981 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:11 AM

    Great attitude, but the man deserves to be paid. With that type of attitude though, I am sure the Giants, or someone else, will ante up.

    He’d look fine in Black -N- Gold after we lose either A.B. or Wallace in a few years.

  11. kchi55 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:11 AM

    Show the league you can put up franchise record breaking numbers and you’ll get paid, if not by the Giants, another team.

  12. ryanclark25 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:20 AM

    Try not to like this guy. Its impossible. First class stuff. Hope for two things though: that he actually stays true to his word, and that the giants pay him what he deserves for going right way about it, refreshing. Best of luck to him.

  13. bergencountyjc says: Apr 4, 2012 8:22 AM

    He seems genuinely humble, considering he came from Paterson. Also, he’s probably making his salary and a half in endorsements this year so that’ll take the strain off of a probably small raise. Giants FO doesn’t bow down to player demands anyways.

  14. cruzp23 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:34 AM

    awkward moment when your names cruz and you think this is about you!

  15. bailey76 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:37 AM

    Classic winner mentality local jersey kid well done. The giants will take care of him

  16. buddybowl69 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:40 AM

    Cruz is too good for the NJ Giants.

  17. zaggs says: Apr 4, 2012 8:40 AM

    “The Giants have yet to show any inclination to give him a new deal.”

    Not true. They’ve already said they know they need to pay him. Its one of the reasons they let Manningham go.

  18. nyfan63 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:42 AM

    The Giants won’t break the bank based on one year of production, nor should they. Cruz needs to show he can do it consistently. I hope it works out for him, he’s a good local kid with a great attitude!

  19. jimbo75025 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:44 AM

    Play the game. Play well enough and getting a bigger contract will not be an issue.

  20. okiny says: Apr 4, 2012 8:51 AM

    This is what I always want to see out of guys like Cruz. He is playing for what he agreed to be paid, and not complaining about it. Yes, he could suffer an injury that would make him wish he cashed in. But if he plays through this year (at the same level) without incident, he is going to be able to ask for big money and the Giants will take care of him. He is taking a chance on himself and investing in loyalty from the organization. A breakout year doesn’t mean he is entitled to act like a diva, and he wants to earn everything he gets now and in the future. This is a guy I want to watch on my team for the next 15 years, and I’m sure the brass is looking forward to paying him big next year. If not, there will surely be no shortage of other options.

  21. nesportsfan0428 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:03 AM

    If this guy brings it like he did last year, he’ll more than likely get a deal midway through the season.

    But he is smart not to hold out; it’d be easy to slap the “one year fluke” label on him (which he isn’t). You don’t piss off a team sitting in one of the biggest media markets; just ask Tiki.

  22. n0hopeleft says: Apr 4, 2012 9:03 AM

    They’ll get the deal done, and Cruz knows it.

  23. gcsuk says: Apr 4, 2012 9:03 AM

    Sure he can talk to Steve Smith. Mayne Smith can tell him “If the Giants offer you 6 years $36 million like they did to me, then SIGN IT! I should have.”

  24. jbl429 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:08 AM

    He’s a smart kid, and the Giants know it will cost them dearly if they wait too long to give him a contract. The Giants just have too much cap issues to deal with right now. I’m sure a deal gets done before the season is over.

  25. paulsmith107 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:09 AM

    Cruz will come back to the pack next season. The giants will rue the day they let manningham walk

  26. vikescry1 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:09 AM

    pay me now or pay me even more later. take care of this kid jints he was a beast last year.

  27. teamobijuan says: Apr 4, 2012 9:16 AM

    You’d be cut if you had underperformed.

  28. riggz91 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:22 AM

    Cruz is the man one of Jerzey’s finest!

  29. talkintrashallday says: Apr 4, 2012 9:24 AM

    Idiot…

  30. hotep999 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:52 AM

    “The entire league should get in agreement to make these guys honor there contracts…”

    How about the entire league (team owners) honoring the contracts they give the players.

  31. giantsfan2104 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:00 AM

    talkintrashallday says:
    Apr 4, 2012 9:24 AM
    Idiot…
    ===================================

    He’s taking a rather mature approach. What about this is idiotic?

  32. rcampore says: Apr 4, 2012 10:05 AM

    paulsmith107 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:09 AM

    Cruz will come back to the pack next season. The giants will rue the day they let manningham walk

    _____________________________________

    You have no clue what you are talking about. Firstly, Cruz is signed until 2012 and then he only becomes a restricted free agent in 2013. Secondly, i’m pretty sure the Giants know exactly what they are doing. Manningham was at best the 3rd receiver on the team. Steve Smith was Eli’s number 1 go to guy a few years ago and look how that turned out for them. No one is up in arms about Manningham. He wanted more money which is great, but they were not going to pay him and rightfully so.

  33. boltfansmith says: Apr 4, 2012 10:53 AM

    Pay the man.

  34. andyreidcarboload says: Apr 4, 2012 11:23 AM

    Giants still have to take care of JPP and Nicks. I’m sure the Giants have a plan as do most well run organizations.

  35. tialen says: Apr 4, 2012 11:24 AM

    Don’t pay him, and see what happens in free agency.

  36. louiedogg16 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:28 AM

    Someone should inform him the ‘fortune’ part of “fame and fortune” means lots of money in this context. So, he does want lots of money and deserves it.

  37. jakek2 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:33 AM

    Giants’ fan here and I couldn’t disagree more with you people. You’re all a bunch of “owner lackeys”. Why is it that Cruz is a diva if he complains about the contract he signed but none of you will say “boo” if Cruz was busted for coke or something and the Giants cut him?? These players’ windows are so tiny that they are fools if they don’t cash in as soon as humanly possible. The road is littered with players who got hurt in their walk year and never saw their next contract. The Giants’ cap concerns are not his. With MM gone and Nicks a bit injury prone, Cruz will never have more leverage. If he’s smart, he’ll tell the Giants that if I don’t get an extension before training camp, I’m not coming back no matter what. Its just smart business.

  38. cowboyhater says: Apr 4, 2012 11:39 AM

    I would ask the owner what is he going to do with his extra money he received from the skins salary cap penalty. They can at least share some of that with Cruz.

  39. EJ says: Apr 4, 2012 11:53 AM

    He knows it is not the Wide Receiver that makes the Quarterback, It’s the Quarterback that makes the Wide Receiver. Without Manning, Cruz is just another average WR. If the ball is not in the right spot, the receiver can’t catch it. With Manning, the ball is in the right spot 95% of the time.

  40. canesgiants says: Apr 4, 2012 11:58 AM

    if u really are a giants fan u would know that this org isnt going to cave into the demands of a 2nd year player–cruz needs todo it again if he wants big money.

  41. voxnovo says: Apr 4, 2012 12:12 PM

    “. . . the ever-present risk of a career-altering injury could end or limit his career before he ever gets rewarded for his accomplishments.”

    Right, Mike. By not being rewarded, I assume you refer to him earning the same $540K in salary this year that every other kid his age will receive — in the United States and elsewhere — not to mention the untold amounts he has the opportunity to earn through endorsements and all the adulation he’s receiving.

    I’m practically in tears for the poor kid.

  42. pologroundsvet says: Apr 4, 2012 12:40 PM

    I understand the Giants are up against it for cap space, and we certainly cannot argue with the job Jerry Reece has done. But if there ever was a guy you just write a check to with no strings attached and say, “Thanks for the effort”, Victor Cruz is that guy. Hope he stays healthy and continues to get even better – in Giants blue.

  43. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 4, 2012 1:04 PM

    How refreshing to hear from a pro athlete…so sick of the whiny prima donnas only looking for the cash.

  44. bspurloc says: Apr 4, 2012 1:14 PM

    .
    cruz what we call a SUPER BOWL ring unlike all these other cry babies who just want money cuz they are going no where

  45. jakek2 says: Apr 4, 2012 1:16 PM

    EJ says:
    Apr 4, 2012 11:53 AM
    He knows it is not the Wide Receiver that makes the Quarterback, It’s the Quarterback that makes the Wide Receiver. Without Manning, Cruz is just another average WR. If the ball is not in the right spot, the receiver can’t catch it. With Manning, the ball is in the right spot 95% of the time.
    ——————–
    EJ – Normally, I would agree with this premise. However, Cruz is not your average WR and he’s not a one year wonder. I’m no scout but I’ve seen plenty of WRs in my day. Cruz has the “it” factor. His football instincts are outstanding. He’s one of the very few WRs in the league that would make his QB better. Cruz is like this generation’s Steve Largent. Doesn’t have all the physical gifts in the world but is a complete baller. I may be a bit prejudiced as a Giants’ fan but I think he has more “it” factor than Nicks or any other receiver the Giants have had in a long time.

  46. jakek2 says: Apr 4, 2012 1:20 PM

    canesgiants says:
    Apr 4, 2012 11:58 AM
    if u really are a giants fan u would know that this org isnt going to cave into the demands of a 2nd year player–cruz needs todo it again if he wants big money.
    —————–
    Canes….this isn’t completely true. Your comment suggests that the Giants never extend players. Off the top of my head, they extended Tuck during the week of SB42. Good thing they did or he’d be making Mario Williams money right now. They also extended Osi 6 years ago and that turned out fantastic for the Giants. They guy is making 3.5M this year. If you think a guy is going to be around a while, it makes sense to extend him in order to avoid him hitting the jackpot as a F.A.

  47. bspurloc says: Apr 4, 2012 1:21 PM

    .
    although I like Cruz dont forget facts….

    Eli is a 2 time Super Bowl MVP and had different receivers in there.

    The giants have a history of letting their receivers go and receivers being constantly injured but keep winning with replacement receivers….
    I like to bust on Eli and his lack of managing the time clock and his love for throwing the ball to the other team… BUT Eli is the main factor here. you put Cruz on the Jets and he is a non factor unless Tebow is the QB! bam!

  48. xxwhodatxx says: Apr 4, 2012 1:30 PM

    Reading this garbage makes me ill. It almost seems like your rooting for him to get hurt so you can say told you so. Instead of writing about him not holding out, you make half the post about how quick ppl get hurt and it can be over at any sec. Yes all that’s true but damn how many time does it need to be repeated? He has a deal in place and he could’ve gotten hurt last yr also, so what your saying is once a player has a good season he should demand a better contract no matter what cause he could get hurt? You just want that to happen so you can keep making something outta nothing.

  49. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Apr 4, 2012 1:56 PM

    he will spiral downward as soon as he gets paid!

  50. marktoth says: Apr 4, 2012 2:21 PM

    Look you folks can make all the comments you want. But VC is what the sport is all about, at least to me. I would love to see him make some big cash, but he’s more interested in playing football then being a millionaire. I grew up not far from patterson NJ and believe me 540,000 a year isn’t that much money but this kid is good and healthy. He wants to play ball and he wants to do it with the Giants and especially with Eli (they bonded pretty heavily during the lockout with one on one practices). So KUDOS to VC and he allows Giants fans to hold their heads up high and is a shining example of integrity and fortitude and team spirit!

  51. jessefootball says: Apr 4, 2012 2:27 PM

    Don’t love holdouts, but it could end up being a case of Matt Forte if he doesn’t.

  52. donniebmc says: Apr 4, 2012 3:15 PM

    So many players act like they’re being severely mistreated and underpaid when they still have time on the contracts that THEY SIGNED. It’s nice to see a guy actually honor his word.

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