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

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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 USAToday.com.

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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
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    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. I read the other day in one of the local papers, I think it was on NJ.com, 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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