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Jerry Reese praises Victor Cruz for doing it the right way

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The relationship between Giants General Manager Jerry Reese and defensive end Osi Umenyiora may be strained, but Reese points to another player on the Giants who would be justified in wanting more money, but is handling everything the right way.

Victor Cruz, who emerged not only as the Giants’ top receiver but one of the best receivers in the league last season, is scheduled to make the league-minimum third-year player salary of $540,000 this year. But Reese pointed out that not only is Cruz not threatening a holdout or publicly complaining about his contract, but he’s also passing on opportunities to make outside income — including an appearance on Dancing with the Stars — so that he can put all his focus on football this offseason.

“I think Victor would be good on that, Victor’s a smart guy, I think Victor wants to focus on football more than anything else right now,” Reese said of Cruz deciding not to do Dancing with the Stars. “He had one good year, one good year [doesn’t] make you a great football player. It means you had one good year. He’s a smart young man, I think he wants to focus on what’s most important, and that’s football. I think maybe at some point later on in his career he might be able to do that but right now I think he’s focused on trying to be a good football player.”

In the long run, Cruz may end up making more money if he continues to grow as a player, and develops a reputation as a player who — despite his salsa dance and sometimes goofy personality — takes his offseason work seriously. From the Giants’ perspective, Cruz is doing it the right way.

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39 Responses to “Jerry Reese praises Victor Cruz for doing it the right way”
  1. mvpolamalu says: May 2, 2012 9:44 AM

    People like victor cruz prove that the nfl isnt only money hungry jerks. Desean Jackson and Chris Johnson take notes

  2. waitingguilty says: May 2, 2012 9:45 AM

    UDFA.

    In the wake of the draft coverage saturation it is important to remember how spectactularly wrong the draft process often is.

  3. RexCanCoach says: May 2, 2012 9:46 AM

    If doing it the right way includes getting hammered at a bar at 3 am during the season, and ducking gunshots where a man was killed last year, then I have a bridge to sell to you.

  4. pdillon1 says: May 2, 2012 9:46 AM

    Yeah I’m sure Matt Forte can tell Victor Cruz all the benefits of “doing it the right way.”

  5. stevebozeman says: May 2, 2012 9:48 AM

    Reese translation: He’s cheap so we love him. If he wanted what he deserved then I would have a problem with him.

    Giants Suck.

  6. justbhouse2 says: May 2, 2012 9:49 AM

    Then do the right thing and pay the man Jerry

  7. HitsDingers says: May 2, 2012 9:50 AM

    If he’s doing everything the right way, then why not pay him?

  8. abninf says: May 2, 2012 9:54 AM

    Not into the dancing and shaking hips in front of a 90% male audience, but he’s pretty good.

  9. nflofficeadmin says: May 2, 2012 9:55 AM

    Sure – from his employer’s perspective, they love having him making minimum salary and not demanding more money. Is that the “right way” to do things? Certainly the team will say that..

    You don’t ask, you don’t get. I just hope for Cruz’s sake he doesn’t have a horrific knee injury before signing something that gets him a little more scrole. Granted he has only had one good year, but give the guy a little something.

  10. drobstad says: May 2, 2012 9:56 AM

    Giants just don’t have enough cap space to commit team resources to a guy who had one breakout year. He plays in NY. He is making so much money right now off the field because of his personality and recent Super Bowl championship the kid isn’t hurting for cash, trust me. He’s a quality player and a quality individual who had to work hard to get where he is today. He will get paid… Hopefully the Giants can keep Cruz, Nicks & Eli together for foreseeable future because that’s an unstoppable passing attack.

  11. drewsg says: May 2, 2012 9:57 AM

    HitsDingers says: May 2, 2012 9:50 AM

    If he’s doing everything the right way, then why not pay him?

    ———————

    He’s had one good year, if he puts in another solid year.. I can see him getting a big contract. Plus as good as Victor Cruz may be.. Hakeem Nicks is still the #1 receiver on that team, and he is due a contract of his own pretty soon.

    Probably why Osi won’t be getting his money

  12. contract says: May 2, 2012 9:59 AM

    Steve Smith is still doing it the right way … but for another team.

  13. contract says: May 2, 2012 10:00 AM

    “People like victor cruz prove that the nfl isnt only money hungry jerks.”

    People like Victor Cruz prove that some players realize when they have no leverage.

  14. godofwine330 says: May 2, 2012 10:01 AM

    I’m not sure if “doing it the right way” is passing on opportunities to make outside income. That isn’t very wise from the perspective that the Giants haven’t shown any commitment to the player past this year. Making the veteran minimum for a 3rd year player in either the last or second to last year of a contract that benefits the team. in the biggest way.

    If he had signed a long term deal and THEN took time off for DWTS then I would understand, but the team hasn’t shown any commitment at all. If he gets hurt this year I will bring this up, though I pray he doesn’t.

  15. patriotsdefense says: May 2, 2012 10:06 AM

    That is nothing but Resse taking a shot at Osi. A week after the Super Bowl Victor Cruz said he wanted a new contact and that he has clearly outplayed his rookie deal.

    And Cruz is right, he deserves a new contract. This PFT Puff piece is ridiculous.

  16. CrimsonTribe says: May 2, 2012 10:06 AM

    When Cruz blows out his knee are the Giants going to do things the right way and take care of him?

  17. cali49er707 says: May 2, 2012 10:07 AM

    i found over time most employers do prefer for their employees to show up, shut up, work hard, & those employees usually are rewarded!! other then complain, not show up (camp/holdout) disrespect management & then ask for a pay raise!!!

  18. cruuuzcontrol says: May 2, 2012 10:08 AM

    “sometimes goofy personality”??? What an unfair description. He strikes me as just a genuine guy who gives real answers and is affable in all venues. You say goofy like it’s an indication that he isn’t getting prepared. He had the same personality last year, and it didn’t seem to have any effect on how seriously he took his offseason or regular season work.

  19. jbcommonsense says: May 2, 2012 10:09 AM

    ”The right way” apparently means to accept being underpaid while endangering one’s body [for more, see Forte, etc.].

    Send Cruz to the Redskins and we will pay him for his skills. Isn’t that how markets are supposed to work?

  20. cjepp says: May 2, 2012 10:11 AM

    I completely disagree with Reese. I feel if you have a chance to make any income (outside or inside), you do it. Don’t call out other players and point to Cruz and say “be like him”. It wont help and people hate that.

    Reese needs to care about Reese and do his job. Take care of your players or let them go. Quit playing this ‘game’.

  21. realitypolice says: May 2, 2012 10:25 AM

    Only in the bizarro world of professional football would someone be praised for settling for far less money than they deserve.

    If the owner of a company said “Everyone loves Bob. Bob is far and away our number one producer, yet we pay him the least money and he’s completely happy. And even though he’s been offered opportunities to make extra money on the side, he has refused them all so that he can focus on working for us. Did I mention that virtually every other employee here makes more than him? Good ol’ Bob!”

    How much respect would you have for Bob?

  22. xli2006 says: May 2, 2012 10:36 AM

    Cruz has quickly become one of the more likable players in the league. Good guy, seems just happy to be there, and had a wildly quick rise to the top.

  23. rockyburnette says: May 2, 2012 10:37 AM

    “develops a reputation as a player who — despite his salsa dance and sometimes goofy personality — takes his offseason work seriously”

    Your own post indicates that this is his current rep; and that his employer acknowledges and appreciates this fact.
    He has some fun on field and suddenly he not a serious, dedicated ballplayer?
    What’s wrong with you?

  24. buljos says: May 2, 2012 10:40 AM

    JR is a chess player… this isn’t just about Victor Cruz. He is making sure the message isn’t being lost on those who might not be too bright. Specifically, JR has demonstrated what happens if players take the Osi-way, and what happens if players take the Kiwi-way. He sees Cruz taking the Kiwi-way, and letting the rest of the league know how the Giants do business. Be a good football player, take on the Giants culture (not the Jets culture), and the reward will come your way. Otherwise, best of luck to you someplace else where they’ll pay you a big number then cut you the next year… and when you retire, look at your hand and count the rings.

  25. east96st says: May 2, 2012 10:43 AM

    “Only in the bizarro world of professional football would someone be praised for settling for far less money than they deserve.”

    Only in the bizarro world of professional football would there be a salary cap that says you can’t pay people the money they deserve. Fixed it for you.

    “When Cruz blows out his knee are the Giants going to do things the right way and take care of him?”

    They took care of him for a whole season when he was unproven and hurt. Also, google “Chad Jones”.

    “Send Cruz to the Redskins and we will pay him for his skills.”

    Send us your next year’s number one pick and we will. Oh, wait…

  26. btowngetsdown says: May 2, 2012 10:44 AM

    Believe it or not, a GM agrees with a player not seeking a new contract when he is getting paid $500,000 per year, when last year he was 3rd in the NFL in receiving yards and 4th in yards per catch.

    What would be a real miracle would be a player (Osi) agreeing with a GM for keeping his promises to re-do your contract. Reese does not see that as a two-way street though. If you perform, you stick with your underpaid contract. If you do not play well or get hurt, your contract gets ripped up and you are cut.

  27. applecool1981 says: May 2, 2012 10:48 AM

    mvpolamalu says: May 2, 2012 9:44 AM

    “People like victor cruz prove that the nfl isnt only money hungry jerks. Desean Jackson and Chris Johnson take notes”

    ————————————————————————————————————

    A running back should be asking for a new contract the second their production grants one as there shelf life is very limited; Chris Johnson was not in the wrong there.

  28. HitsDingers says: May 2, 2012 10:51 AM

    @drewsg thats fine and all, but if I’m Cruz and Reese makes me play this year for only 540k, there is no way in hell I re-up with him after I become a UFA

  29. daysend564 says: May 2, 2012 10:53 AM

    Victor Cruz is also only 25 and has one good season under his belt. If I was him, I’d stand pat right now too. He’ll make so much more if he puts two consecutive seasons under his belt vs going after the money grab now.

    Also, we’ll see how he’s acting when he’s nearing 30 years old and is entering the twilight of his years.

  30. dontbeemo says: May 2, 2012 10:58 AM

    Real quick PFT and anyone else… Cruz is NOT the giants best reciever. Hakeem Nicks is. Nicks is the reason cruz gets single covered. Yes Cruz put up better numbers but that’s because Nicks drew the defense.

    Cruz knows this, so to does Reese.

  31. taintedlombardis says: May 2, 2012 11:12 AM

    Cruz is a fool. He should holdout. Can’t fix stupid.

  32. hebertespinosa says: May 2, 2012 11:22 AM

    There’s a big difference between Cruz and Osi situation. Cruz star begun to shine recently and he is smartly handling this matter in a slow pace, because he is relatively new to this. Despite a wonderful season and a promising future, he still doesn’t have the bargaining power. Osi, however, has been on the league for many years now and has been long claiming for a pay raise that he never gets, although I think he should commit to what his contract says until it expires. Trying to compare the situation of both players and jump to conclusions is not the way to go.

  33. careerender56 says: May 2, 2012 11:25 AM

    HitsDingers says:May 2, 2012 10:51 AM

    @drewsg thats fine and all, but if I’m Cruz and Reese makes me play this year for only 540k, there is no way in hell I re-up with him after I become a UFA

    ______________________________________

    Good news, next year he will be an RFA, so anyone who wants him will have to give up a 1st rounder.

    then after that, there is the franchise tag. he inst going anywhere, he knows it and Reese knows it. thats why he is not complaining. he has ZERO leverage.

  34. nineroutsider says: May 2, 2012 11:59 AM

    As a football fan, I really enjoyed watching Cruz play and rise to the top of his position out of nowhere. I love the way he runs routes. As a 9er fan, I didn’t appreciate him doing it against my team!

    Great kid, great story and he will be rewarded for his play. The Giants need to see where they stand when everyone is signed, etc., but he will be rewarded. He’s a guy that will be a star for years.

  35. tialen says: May 2, 2012 12:31 PM

    I just hope the Giants continue to stiff the kid so that when he is done doing things the right way, he walks to a team that is willing to treat him the right way.

  36. khuxford says: May 2, 2012 12:45 PM

    I was expecting a totally different response from the fans. I’m so happy to see people being properly cynical.

    Reese praises him for not earning outside money because “one good year is just one good year” or something similar. Ummm…doesn’t that basically mean he might never see an opportunity to make extra $ in his PERSONAL TIME (i.e. the off-season) like this?

    The kid is earnest and likable. Reese pontificating on this subject is deplorable, as it’s largely a wink and a nudge knock on Osi.

  37. aizazrasheed says: May 2, 2012 12:50 PM

    Jerry Reese and the Maras are so blatantly callous in their dealings. They won’t pay Osi which I can understand but they already had a SB winning year from VC and they still don’t want to pay him more than the league minimum – Not even a good bonus as his contract would not had had any escalators. Come next year and he will make a RFA kind of money a la Mike Wallace and Giants will not pay him more than that. In the meantime if VC gets injured he will be cut – Reese and Mara have no class what so ever!!!

  38. pilot2011 says: May 2, 2012 1:14 PM

    Deangelo Williams took this route and now look at him… And he didn’t deserve a fraction of that pay check he got.

    Good for Victor. There are good guys in this league proving humility really will pay off in life, literally.

  39. bluewinger says: May 2, 2012 9:44 PM

    Come on Giants, Pay the Man!!

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