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.