Does New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz feel like he deserves a raise following an 82 reception, 1,536 yard, eight touchdown season? Yes. Is he going to holdout in order to get said raise? Absolutely not.
"Holdout? I don't even know what that [word] means," Cruz said Tuesday. "That's not even in my vocabulary."
Cruz has remained firm on his stance that a holdout is a non-option, saying on several occasions it's not something that's going to happen. Skeptical reporters continue to hammer him with questions about it, however. It's so far from the norm in today's NFL that it's difficult for anyone to take him at his word.
“I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel like I was underpaid,” Cruz said in early February. “I mean, I feel like after my performance this year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at this point. But that’s something I’ll let my agents and those people take care of and I’ll just go out there and play the game.”
It seems inevitable that the salsa dancing superstar gets a new contract, but General Manager Jerry Reese has learned to be patient with his players. Had the Giants dove in head first on Steve Smith and paid him what he was seeking, they'd be knee-deep in a terrible contract with little wiggle room. Accordingly, the Giants may not begin to discuss a new contract with Cruz until sometime next season.
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