Cruz hopes there’s money left for Nicks

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Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz got his payday yesterday, but he wasn’t being selfish about it.

In fact, he hopes teammate Hakeem Nicks is next in line.

Upon signing his new $45 million contract, Cruz said he hopes there’s money and salary cap room left over for Nicks.

I’m concerned as a teammate and as a friend because I want to see Hakeem around in Giants blue as long as we’re together in the National Football League,” Cruz said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “But there’s ways to do things. There’s ways that you can create space.

“So I think that’s a road the Giants have to cross when they get there. But it’s going to be tough. It’s going to take some decision-making. It’s going to take whether Hakeem wants to be here or not. And it’s about him taking care of his family at this point. We’ll see how it goes, but it’s definitely going to be a long road ahead.”

Of course, Cruz might have actually made it longer.

Nicks isn’t going to be looking for slot-receiver money when his contract comes up after next season, and the market for outside receivers is closer to $10 million a year than the $7 million per year neighborhood of the Cruz deal.

Nicks is widely considered the better player, but with his injury record and the fact the Giants might not want to commit so many resources at one position, it’s unclear if such a deal will come.

23 responses to “Cruz hopes there’s money left for Nicks

  1. In the last 7-8 years I can’t think of one player the Giants let go that ended up haunting them. Barry Cofield has probably been the best player post-Giants of anyone, and they won the SB the year he left.
    If Nicks has a good year, they will keep him. They won’t let a talented receiver just leave.

    Eli, Wilson, Nicks, Cruz, Randle for the next 3+ years… Not too shabby.

  2. If they don’t come to a long-term deal this season, just franchise him.

    I know that’s not what Nicks would want but he is probably a bit more valuable to their offense than Cruz is. No disrespect to Cruz of course.

  3. @geeemen- manningham. Yeah he got hurt and was worthless on sf but we missed his balance mightily last year. For what he got from them, we should have kept him. But your point is on

  4. They need to hope Reuben Randle is the truth and then trade Nicks for a conditional 3rd. Go out and use the money to sign a defensive wizard and draft one. Cruz…you the man.

    Nicks-thanks for the championship run but you aren’t committed to conditioning and we need defensive help in the worst way. Signed…everyone with a thread of football intelligence.

  5. Paying Two WR’s average pf 7-10 mill a year is going to take a hit somewhere on that team…secondary, Lb or Dline will suffer but hey you got your Wr’s locked up.

    #cowboysownyou

  6. ccjcsr says:
    Jul 9, 2013 11:45 AM
    Paying Two WR’s average pf 7-10 mill a year is going to take a hit somewhere on that team…secondary, Lb or Dline will suffer but hey you got your Wr’s locked up.

    #cowboysownyou

    —–

    Cowboys own the giants with their 3-7 head to head record the past 5 seasons? Dream on, child.

  7. IN REESE WE TRUST

    I’m sure Nicks will be a Giant for a LONG time. That’s why we didn’t budge on Cruz demands.
    Either way, Eli made these guys.

    ELI 4 MVP!!!

  8. ccjcsr says:
    Jul 9, 2013 11:45 AM
    Paying Two WR’s average pf 7-10 mill a year is going to take a hit somewhere on that team…secondary, Lb or Dline will suffer but hey you got your Wr’s locked up.

    #cowboysownyou

    —–

    Cowboys own the giants with their 3-7 head to head record the past 5 seasons? Dream on, child.
    ———————————————————
    Really the Giants are 7-3 against the Cowboys, Giants are 1-0 against the Cowboys in the playoffs. Average lol ask the Cowboys’ players, if the Giants WR are average, they will say no because the Giants WR had a great games against the Cowboys.

  9. ccjcsr

    all really great points. 7mill for a guy with 10 tds and over 1000 yrds is a terrible investment. The giants should take after JJ and sign a QB Like Romo to $108,000,000 contract with….wait for it…. $58,000, 000 GAURENTEED.

    #1playoffwineverforRomo

  10. @SAV – Trade Nicks for a conditional 3rd round pick??

    Are you an idiot? Nicks is an unrestricted free agent after this season. Who would trade for him??? And if he weren’t a free agent, he is worth more than a 3rd rounder.

  11. Reese’s pieces. One of the best GMs for one of the leagues elite franchises. Go Blue!

  12. i hate to say it but he gets hurt again this year its over for his giants career- he can be a great but hes always hurt.. Cruz on the other hand just produces and produces which is why out of both of them i wanted cruz signed. nicks needs to prove his worth bec cruz is quickly becoming the best giants WR ever..if he survives his 6 year contract he will be the best ever.

  13. ccjcsr says:
    Jul 9, 2013 11:45 AM
    Paying Two WR’s average pf 7-10 mill a year is going to take a hit somewhere on that team…secondary, Lb or Dline will suffer but hey you got your Wr’s locked up.

    #cowboysownyou

    ____

    poor, poor soul. must of been in a terrible wreck and forgot Eli is 3-0 in jerry world.. personally knocked the romo and to out of the playoffs on the way to his 1st sb

    then spawned the best line EVER

    ‘THATS MY QUARTERBACK!!”

  14. Cruz got his! I’ll bet he doesn’t give two ….. about Nicks. Remember, we’re dealing with spoiled athletes here, not humanitarians!

  15. Whoever said #cowboysownyou is obviously either kidding or deranged….

    By what definition do the Cowboys own the Giants…. They have what… 1 more ring… but the Cowboys last SB is approaching 20 years ago quite fast.

    Meanwhile the Giants have 2 SBs in the last 6 years and one of which was over arguably the greatest team this side of the ’72 Dolphins…. and Tony Romo’s going to Cabo before playoff games….

  16. Love how so many players talk about how teammates deserve to get a nice salary AFTER the first player has squeezed every $ possible out of the team.
    “Man, those 7 slices of the pie were good. And hey, these other guys really ought to get a fair share too.”

  17. Snees fat salary will cover most of both of them. Our gm already has the next 4 years mapped out. It’s what separates us from the rest of the teams in the division.

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