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Giants will part ways with Victor Cruz on Monday

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 18:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants celebrates recovering a fumbled ball in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium on December 18, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

Wide receiver Victor Cruz made it back to the Giants lineup in 2016 after two seasons lost to injury, but the team will be moving on without him in 2017.

According to multiple reports, the Giants will release Cruz on Monday. The move creates $7.5 million in cap space for the Giants.

Cruz said recently that he wanted to stay with the Giants, something that would have almost certainly required him to take a pay cut for the second straight season as he was set to count $9.4 million against the cap in 2017. A lower salary wouldn’t have done anything to solve the issue of having a veteran receiver best suited to playing in the slot on an offense with 2016 rookie Sterling Shepard playing the same role at an even lower cost.

Cruz caught 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown in 2016 and made some big plays early in the year, but his production slowed to 15 catches over the final nine games of the regular season. Playing out of the slot didn’t suit him all that well, so he’ll likely look for a team where he can fill that spot on the roster.

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52 Responses to “Giants will part ways with Victor Cruz on Monday”
  1. patsxsaintsfan says: Feb 13, 2017 12:45 PM

    You could tell this would happen but it’s still crazy he is gone. I would sign him somewhere with a young QB like philly where he would get to play the Giants twice a year.

  2. straightfactshomie says: Feb 13, 2017 12:47 PM

    More time to spend boating in Miami for him.

  3. ariani1985 says: Feb 13, 2017 12:47 PM

    My Packers destroyed his ego!

  4. ALSpain says: Feb 13, 2017 12:48 PM

    Understandable and unexpected……..

  5. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says: Feb 13, 2017 12:48 PM

    Carr new 3rd WR?

  6. HankTheDog says: Feb 13, 2017 12:49 PM

    One of the most overrated players in the history of this league…the injury only helped to expedite what was going to happen sooner or later.

  7. curtj5 says: Feb 13, 2017 12:51 PM

    The Raiders could use another slot receiver. Id sign him for a cool million 1 year contract bruh

  8. Big Ant TV says: Feb 13, 2017 12:52 PM

    come too cleveland we’ll in need of WR help “non dwayne bowe” type of guys

  9. amanistumor says: Feb 13, 2017 12:52 PM

    ^ Not overrated, he just had a bad injury and only time will tell if he can ever 100% be back to his old self.

    I’d like to see him come to Philly but he may want too much $ which would be better spent on a better WR like Alshon.

  10. ctiggs says: Feb 13, 2017 12:53 PM

    He would be the number 1 on my Niners sadly

  11. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: Feb 13, 2017 12:53 PM

    Actually, he’d be a great fit for the Lions. And I’m not a Lions fan at all.

  12. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 13, 2017 12:56 PM

    Ummm, Cruz was an excellent slot receiver in his prime. Unfortunately father time and injuries have caught up to him.

  13. carloswlassiter says: Feb 13, 2017 12:56 PM

    I liked when he said “the Patriots don’t want to see us” before the GB game, and then did absolutely nothing in that game.

    A lot of talk, a lot of dancing, some highlight catches in the early days, it was fun while it lasted, time to get a real job.

  14. nynbkfarsuperiorx says: Feb 13, 2017 12:57 PM

    Thanks for the memories man will never forget Cruzs 99yd TD against the Jets way back then.

    And no Cruz wasnt overrated he had a 1500 season and was one of the best WRs in the league before injury.

    I hope he has a good career if he does continue to play in the NFL unless you know he plays for a NFCE rival team or the Pats.

  15. propainaz says: Feb 13, 2017 1:00 PM

    I see the Cardinals in his future.

  16. fujoeboo says: Feb 13, 2017 1:01 PM

    HankTheDog says:
    Feb 13, 2017 12:49 PM
    One of the most overrated players in the history of this league…the injury only helped to expedite what was going to happen sooner or later.

    Yeah. He was only an undrafted player that managed to set the world on fire for a few years before a huge injury. I forgot, how was your career in the NFL?

  17. jromback says: Feb 13, 2017 1:03 PM

    As a Lions fan, and as stated above, we’d welcome him here. I’d preface that with assuming Boldin retires. Boldin brought some real professionalism to this team which was sorely needed. And 9 needs a big body type in the red zone (unless Ebron can figure out the concept of catching the football.

    However, I am leery of WR’s after we signed Marvin Jones and I watched him get zero coverage over the top with man to man at the line of scrimmage and never beat anyone deep after Week 4.

  18. scoops1 says: Feb 13, 2017 1:04 PM

    Since he loves Florida soooo much…he should try his luck with a team down there

  19. pologroundsvet says: Feb 13, 2017 1:04 PM

    Wish him nothing but the best as long as it’s not in the NFC East. He gave us all he had and was a key part of a Super Bowl winning team, a gentleman, and a model citizen who lit up the crowd. But for the injuries Sheppard would not have been drafted. That all being said, we need a taller and faster outside receiver to help Beckham and Manning.

  20. gmen5280 says: Feb 13, 2017 1:08 PM

    Thanks Victor for always being a team first type of player. And for being part of the 2011 Super Bowl winning NYG.

  21. thevikes99 says: Feb 13, 2017 1:08 PM

    Eagles line 1

  22. key2heat says: Feb 13, 2017 1:10 PM

    later gater, cha cha cha

  23. tylawspick6 says: Feb 13, 2017 1:17 PM

    this guy got overpaid and then checked out

    if not for pure luck in sb46 where he was shutdown
    by kyle arrington, cruz did nothing in the league

    what a disaster for the giants

    cap hit must be huge

  24. keys2heat says: Feb 13, 2017 1:20 PM

    Meh, he had a minute or two when he was relevant, but alas; he’s just another WR who had a fleeting salsa-dance gimmick and faded into obscurity.

    Typical NYG.

  25. jag1959 says: Feb 13, 2017 1:21 PM

    I’ll always have great memories of Cruz and his chemistry with Eli. Unfortunately injury and age happen, very few speed guys are ever more than a shadow of themselves after a patella injury. Best wishes to him in the future.

  26. justintuckrule says: Feb 13, 2017 1:30 PM

    Best slot WR in the league until that fateful pass in Philly. Happens. It’s why players average 3 years.

    We get you all hated him because he salsa-ed on your team’s hopes and dreams but the guy was a class act and came from nothing.

    I hope he lands in Oakland. There is more salsa in his future and I for one can easily foresee him doing it to the Pats again in the postseason.

  27. jmuller516 says: Feb 13, 2017 1:35 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Feb 13, 2017 1:17 PM
    this guy got overpaid and then checked out

    if not for pure luck in sb46 where he was shutdown
    by kyle arrington, cruz did nothing in the league

    what a disaster for the giants

    cap hit must be huge
    ____________________________________

    He was shutdown in SB46? He did score the 1st touchdown of the game.. 4 catches 28 yards.. Nicks and Manningham were ELI’s targets in that game.

  28. patsfan2884 says: Feb 13, 2017 1:39 PM

    Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots On Line # 1

  29. drunkraider says: Feb 13, 2017 1:44 PM

    He would be perfect playing the slot in Oakland.

    if he can stay healthy that is.

  30. giantsfan29910 says: Feb 13, 2017 1:47 PM

    Beckham and Shepherd are similar sizes and significantly younger and healthier. He was great when he was healthy and had the opportunities. Wish him all the best, just not with the Eagles, Redskins or Cowboys. Giants need a tall wr to play outside.

  31. pastabelly says: Feb 13, 2017 1:51 PM

    patsfan2884 says:
    Feb 13, 2017 1:39 PM
    Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots On Line # 1
    ======================================
    Which guy gets cut to make room for him? Humor me. Edelman, Hogan, Mitchell, Amendola? Seriously, I didn’t think so.

  32. MichaelEdits says: Feb 13, 2017 1:51 PM

    No salsa for you.

  33. bradygirl12 says: Feb 13, 2017 1:52 PM

    That was a pretty bad knee injury he had. I was surprised he was able to come back at all. He hasn’t been the same guy since, but someone will pick him up.

  34. richndc says: Feb 13, 2017 1:53 PM

    no more Salsa dancing?!?!

  35. triptomlin says: Feb 13, 2017 2:00 PM

    More interested in dancing than winning. All you Hiants fans would be calling him a clown if he played for a different team.

  36. ikeclanton says: Feb 13, 2017 2:01 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    Feb 13, 2017 1:30 PM
    Best slot WR in the league until that fateful pass in Philly. Happens. It’s why players average 3 years.

    We get you all hated him because he salsa-ed on your team’s hopes and dreams but the guy was a class act and came from nothing.

    I hope he lands in Oakland. There is more salsa in his future and I for one can easily foresee him doing it to the Pats again in the postseason.

    There’s close to a 0% chance Oakland does anything to threaten the Pats supremacy next year. You have to have more than one good year to earn that respect. More likely, they’re primed for a “correction” year –somewhere around 8-8.

    Belichick would eat Del Rio’s lunch anyway. Easier than preparing for Tomlin and what ever he’s not up to.

  37. justintuckrule says: Feb 13, 2017 2:16 PM

    ^ I’m not an Oakland fan but you don’t watch football if you think last year was a fluke. They’re finally built right for the long haul.

  38. ipeefreelyagain says: Feb 13, 2017 2:18 PM

    Miles Austin, 2.0

    Actually, one would have a solid argument Austin was far more productive. So perhaps Miles Austin, 0.9 would be more appropriate.

  39. EJ says: Feb 13, 2017 2:20 PM

    The Giants are making a mistake with Cruz. He is an outstanding receiver anywhere you slot him on the field. Yes, he has had injury issues, but I believe all players go through them during their career… It just depends on how bad that player wants to get back and I think Beckham taking over the top spot gave him enough will to get back to his old form. Whichever team takes a shot on him will be happy with the results he gives them.
    Besides, he is a “Puts Asses In Seats” type player… what team wouldn’t enjoy a boost in ticket sales?

  40. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Feb 13, 2017 2:32 PM

    Victor quite frankly was not talented enough to forget how he got where he was,,,,period stop !

  41. patsfan2884 says: Feb 13, 2017 2:36 PM

    @pastabelly if amendola doesn’t return to the pats you can sign cruz to replace dola edelman hogan mitchell cruz and floyd get ready to see the pats repeat next year in minnesota so yeah nice try buddy

  42. bbk1000 says: Feb 13, 2017 3:03 PM

    As a Giants fan Cruz has given me so many good memories, yet the only one I’ll remember for the rest of my life is him not having the common sense to talk his teammates out of the stupid boat trip…

    I wish him luck going forward…unless he signs in the NFC East…

  43. TheCommish says: Feb 13, 2017 3:10 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Feb 13, 2017 12:47 PM

    My Packers destroyed his ego!

    •••••••••••••••••••••

    Let’s not forget that the sainted Bret Favre’s last pass as a Packer was an INT into the arms of a Giants DB in an NFC title game. So who really got destroyed?

  44. billco6192012 says: Feb 13, 2017 4:23 PM

    Its called the good life and too many injuries.Good luck to you sir and enjoy your days slot guy.

  45. cadreamer1969 says: Feb 13, 2017 4:33 PM

    Giants have 1.9 million of dead cap for Cruz. (Spotrac)

  46. goldtooth80 says: Feb 13, 2017 4:58 PM

    As he works his way back to being 100% his age makes it harder and harder. He is at best a 3rd option on a team and if lucky will give you 50 catches 800 yards. For his veteran price tag, best drafting a younger player…

  47. jgedgar70 says: Feb 13, 2017 5:04 PM

    Panthers beat writer is already making noise that we should kick the tires on him. I’m very wary due to the severity of the injury. We need another super-speed guy, especially if Ginn doesn’t come back (although he should, as he’s been a complete waste of skin on every team he’s played for except the Panthers). Don’t think he’d be much of a mentor, either, considering the whole go to Miami in the middle of a playoff run thingy….

  48. bigblue00 says: Feb 13, 2017 5:27 PM

    Cruz is forever a Giant.

  49. superpatsfan4 says: Feb 13, 2017 5:34 PM

    Amendola > Cruz. Amendola has chemistry with Brady and is a proven clutch playoff performer. NO SB’s without that guy.

  50. veracityguy says: Feb 13, 2017 5:36 PM

    Hate to see you go Victor, but the one opponent that can’t be beat is father time.

  51. djvh2 says: Feb 13, 2017 5:55 PM

    Cruz was really good before the injury, and is still a decent WR after. He will land somewhere and be productive.

    Even if he doesn’t, he will have no trouble finding students for his on-the-water salsa classes to the music of Justin Bieber.

  52. triptomlin says: Feb 13, 2017 6:56 PM

    Reminds me of that dance that Edelman does after he scores a touchdown in the SB. Oh never mind. Act like you been there before.

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