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Victor Cruz: “80 percent” chance I’m back with Giants

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11:  Football player Victor Cruz attends the annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald) Getty Images

Due to a calf injury that initially cropped up over the summer, wide receiver Victor Cruz didn’t play in any games for the Giants during the 2015 season.

That injury materialized as Cruz was in the final stages of his comeback from 2014’s torn patellar tendon. That injury ended his season after six games, which means Cruz has missed the last 26 games that the Giants have played overall.

With a $7.9 million salary and cap hit just under $10 million in 2016, Cruz’s future with the team is anything but a sure thing and a revised contract seems like a necessary step for him to remain with the team he’s played for since 2010. Cruz isn’t discussing specifics on that front, but does think it is more likely than not that he remains in Jersey.

“A percentage chance? About 80 percent,” Cruz said, via

The Giants have plenty of cap space heading into free agency even with Cruz’s current deal on the books, but the uncertainty about what Cruz will do on the field leaves little reason for them to leave the contract as it is. There’s also little reason for Cruz to think anyone else will be offering him overwhelming financial incentive to reject an altered deal, which explains his level of confidence about staying put in 2016.

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32 Responses to “Victor Cruz: “80 percent” chance I’m back with Giants”
  1. huh6016 says: Feb 24, 2016 8:45 AM

    I’d say there is a 40%chance that Cruz has no idea why he has an 80%chance of returning to the Giants.

  2. scoops1 says: Feb 24, 2016 8:57 AM

    Stay in Miami and work on your fashion career….

    if he does comeback, I hope someone takes him out as he does that stupid salsa dance

  3. eazeback says: Feb 24, 2016 9:01 AM

    buyer beware!!!!

  4. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Feb 24, 2016 9:06 AM

    If it works out great, but Giants should not rely on him being around.
    He is fragile.
    Incentive laden restructured contract.

  5. billco6192012 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:07 AM

    The question is how is the knee and calf ,is that at 80 percent.Tredwell is going to be there in the draft for giants.He is a top flight wr.Give cruz a 5 million revised contract and make him prove himself first.

  6. floratiotime says: Feb 24, 2016 9:11 AM

    He’s gotten about $15,000,000 since his injury. It’s not like the team walked away from him. But now he has to start playing again. His contract will be renegotiated and based on performance incentives.

  7. seabrawk12 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:17 AM

    0.8% chance he plays 10 games or more.

  8. flexx91 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:21 AM

    Yep, a pay cut is the only way he stays in New York. They won’t pay now a #3 WR (behind Beckham and Randle) that type of money.

  9. billco6192012 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:21 AM

    Giants need to sign Wilkerson or Trevathon or Irvin.

  10. njgiant1982 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:26 AM

    He’s a thief. Dump him.

  11. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:28 AM

    ….No way the Giants keep him at that salary and with his medical history. He’s gone………..

  12. billco6192012 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:32 AM

    BILLINGS DT ,TREDWELL WR ,BUCKNER DE,MACKENZIE CB ,ARE TOP PICS ARE DRAFT FOR GIANTS DONT BLOW IT REESE.Dont get hardgraves that guy is a complete bust he lost that bowl game and got toastd so many times on the post coverage.Mackenzie way better.

  13. reaganyears says: Feb 24, 2016 9:37 AM

    Hope he’s prepared to chop the 7.9 mil by 50% to avoid the 20% chance of leaving town.

  14. damadhatterb says: Feb 24, 2016 9:41 AM

    Wasn’t he claiming he was 80-95% ready or something last offseason as well? Then it changed to him maybe playing mid season, then not at all.

  15. rwhited2 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:50 AM

    And 10% chance he’s actually healthy enough to play…

  16. themage78 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:02 AM

    flexx91 says:
    Feb 24, 2016 9:21 AM

    Yep, a pay cut is the only way he stays in New York. They won’t pay now a #3 WR (behind Beckham and Randle) that type of money.

    You’d take Randle over Cruz? Randle stinks and doesn’t even play full games. He also can’t run a route to save his life. I’d take Cruz on his worst day over Randle on his best.

  17. ttommytom says: Feb 24, 2016 10:05 AM

    I will lose my mind if the Giants pick Treadwell at 10.

    The Giants inability to get a LB that can do anything is telling me that Reese and Co wouldn’t know a LBr if they watched 50 years of Penn State football.

  18. jag1959 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:08 AM

    As a rule speed guys are a shadow of their former selves after patella injuries, if they make it back at all. Incentive laden deal is the only way they should consider bringing him back.

  19. stoopidfool says: Feb 24, 2016 10:13 AM

    yes………but what you really wanted was to be on the Gronk party ship

  20. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Feb 24, 2016 10:37 AM

    Cruz is what happens when you have NFL talent but not an NFL body.

  21. bw70316 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:47 AM

    Cruz and ODB on the field would be insane is Cruz is back to form

  22. intrafinesse says: Feb 24, 2016 10:58 AM

    I’d say there is 100% chance Cruz stays with the Giants …
    provided he takes a pay cut.
    He’s missed a lot of playing time, and his production was down after he got paid.

  23. bobnyjets says: Feb 24, 2016 11:02 AM

    Let’s just say Cruz is 90% of what he was. With Beckham and Randle?

    Whatever he gets from the Giants will match an offer from anywhere else.

    But if I was both sides I do a 2 year deal with the second year voidable. If he’s back to where he was that forces the Giants to resign him long term and if not they walk away.

  24. iman62 says: Feb 24, 2016 11:30 AM

    I’ll take the 20%. Why are they still talking about this dude, he’s done.

  25. thebirdofprey says: Feb 24, 2016 11:34 AM

    Cruz tore his Patellar tendon – an injury where nobody in professional sports has successful returned from.

    I did my research after Jimmy Graham- nobody was the same in NBA or NFL. Good for them for keep fighting through and maybe with modern medicine there is a chance of a real return to form.

  26. laces out says: Feb 24, 2016 12:04 PM

    Even if he returns for 2016, he’s gone in 2017

  27. lawrencetayloristhebestever says: Feb 24, 2016 1:06 PM

    What is all this talk about Randle? He’s a free agent and I’m not even sure NYG will offer him a contract. The guy’s a joke.

  28. youdrivemenutseagles says: Feb 24, 2016 1:28 PM

    Cruz at 80% is 2X’s better than Randle at 160%…

  29. rhob1960 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:37 PM

    First, why hasn’t our idiot GM brought James lauernitis in? 29, never missed a game. 2nd, who can say Cruz will ever play again? If he won’t take a pay cut, cut him. He’s never shown a picture of rehab, but his private life is all over the web. Get real about playing or get gone. He’s a flash in the pan. I’ll be sad to see him go, but he’s doesn’t seem to have the drive.

  30. nrns77 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:57 PM

    Torn patella is one of the worst sports injuries. He will never be the same. Renegotiate to about 1.5 mil per year or dump him.

  31. drunkraider says: Feb 24, 2016 2:37 PM

    There is a 100% chance you will be upset if you draft him in fantasy.

  32. tommyribs says: Feb 24, 2016 5:13 PM

    I read the other day in one of the local papers, I think it was on, that Cruz isn’t even running yet after the calf surgery.

    I was shocked by that.

    The bottom line is that the GIANTS legitimately need him, but I am just skeptical that he will be able to make it all the way back.

    The GIANTS have too many guys that are just hurt all of the time.

    Eli is the anomaly on this team. No one else can stay healthy.

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