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Victor Cruz Swaps Agents; Looking for Someone “More Willing to Work with New York Giants”

March 11th, 2013 at 6:00 PM
By Dan Benton

For a brief moment on Monday afternoon, it appeared as if the relationship between the New York Giants and wide receiver Victor Cruz was severed. Although they tendered the youngster at a first-round level, Giants co-owner John Mara said Cruz's agent had turned down a "substantial" long-term offer. Apparently, Cruz was not thrilled with that decision either and opted to swap his agents, firing Malik Shareef and replacing him with Tom Condon, who also represents Eli Manning.

A source close to Giants 101 informed us the move was made in an effort to bring on someone "more willing to work with the Giants."

Mission accomplished.

Leading up to this disastrous public relations day, Cruz had preemptively tweeted: "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see." No one listened and Giants Nation was in full-fledged panic mode after Mara's comments.

Due to the change in agents, Cruz is unable to sign a new deal with any team for at least five days (until he can officially hire his new agent). In other words, all things on the Cruz front will briefly fall silent.

It is worth noting, however, that reports about interest in the young wide receiver have proven true. Not only have the St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings all been linked to him, but recent reports suggest the New England Patriots were prepared to make a run at him prior to signing Condon, whom they try to avoid like the plague.

Despite what appears to be a Giants-friendly move by Cruz, it by no means guarantees a long-term deal. There's still a ways to go before both sides find themselves on the same page.

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100 Responses to “Victor Cruz Swaps Agents; Looking for Someone “More Willing to Work with New York Giants””

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  1.  Krow says:

    Cruz continues to impress with his smarts and media savvy. I think he knows which side of the bread is buttered. Agents don’t care about players … they’re just a means to get money. Free Agent Cruz would get said agent more than NYG Cruz. I suspect the dirtbag didn’t even bring him the Giants last offer. Besides, only New Yorkers will buy those fugly shirts of his.

    •  shmitty013 says:

      Yup. The agent is getting a percentage of that contract, 10% isn’t it? So that’s all he cares about. Cruz can make up what he doesn’t make in salary in off the field stuff. He’s beloved around here, grew up in the area. He’ll rake in the cash on the side and who knows how much, if any, of that the agent actually gets.

  2.  kujo says:

    A few weeks back, there was a meme traveling through the synapses of Giants nation–and Giants 101–regarding Beatty being “overrated.” This led to some good jibes from Krow, and others, about Beatty possibly being in contention to replace Pope Benedict XVI. But humor aside, it struck me as the sort of thing you do when you know that a girl (or boy) dumps you; you sh*t talk them, belittle them and talk about how you’ll be better off without them. That’s what you heard around here–talk of drafting tackles in the 1st and 2nd round, or signing some reasonably high priced free agent, or christening Diehl as heir apparent to the left tackle spot.

    But when push came to shove, the smart money was on us resigning our franchise left tackle. And that’s exactly what happened, and for what has been universally recognized as a very fair and team-friendly deal. Imagine that…the franchise that has won 2 Super Bowls in 6 years was somehow able to get a difficult deal done with a vital cog without going bankrupt in the process.

    I imagine that all this perjorative “he’s just a slot receiver” talk will die down when Cruz resigns with us on a 5 year deal that makes him richer than he ever dreamed he’d be, without mortgaging the next decade of Giants football. Oddly enough, the same sh*t talk about Beatty died down when the ink was dry on his new deal, too. And you can bet your a**es that I’ll be on here reminding you of how stupid you all looked when he has a handful of other 1000+ yard/double-digit TD seasons, alongside his buddy Nicks, who will be there alongside him until Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush move into the White House in 2017.

    •  KingAndrewXXIII says:

      +1 minus the White House bit.

    •  shmitty013 says:

      Yup, pretty much agree with this. And like I posted last thread, even if the Giants view him as “just a slot receiver”, it doesn’t mean they value him any less as evidenced by the contract they were willing to give Steve Smith. And let’s face it, Smith was great before his injury, but he’s not Cruz who’s a complete and total game changer. So if they were ok with giving Smith $7 million a year a couple years ago, I think they’ll be ok giving Cruz a little more than that now.

      •  kujo says:

        Right. I get that the salary cap calculus is different now than it was before, but the value is there, and we can make this work, as evidenced by all the “pay cuts” and “restructurings” and “extensions” you see players make time and again each offseason.

        Cruz is a game changer, and I don’t wanna hear that Jernigan or Randle or some rookie is just gonna come in and replace Cruz, presto change-o. As Demo pointed out earlier, it’s remarkable how quickly and smoothly Cruz mastered the offense and developed chemistry with Eli. It’s LITERALLY never been done before, and I don’t think people are giving it the weight it deserves.

        Again, I’m not talking about breaking the bank for the guy. But this idea that we don’t need him, or that we’ll be fine without him is hogwash.

    •  Krow says:

      The market talked … and he got a B+ contract. That silenced all the Top-3 jabber.

      •  kujo says:

        I don’t remember any reasonable argument about him being top 3. I do remember people posting various PFF stats about him grading out as a Top 5 left tackle for the 2012 season, and that he would be one of the more attractive free agent tackles given his age, his play and the fact that he hasn’t had an injury history as long as his joint. As Reese said, he is an “ascending” player who could very well be a top 2 or 3 left tackle, or could be just another franchise left tackle of the top 5 variety. Either way, he was our best option going forward, and we did the right thing–gave him very good money–while benefiting from him doing the right thing–accepting very good money from us instead of holding out for the possibility of a “A+ money” from some other team.

  3.  James Stoll says:

    My 2 cents: the giants should go the extra mile to keep Cruz. While there are of course limits, they should spend on him to the exclusion of others. Yes they have to pay Nicks too, but this is a pass-oriented QB driven league and we’ve seen what the Nicks/Cruz combo looks like. And if Nicks’ injury history continues, we’ll want Cruz more than ever. I think Cruz is so much more valuable than any other offensive player. He’s been our best receiver the past 2 season and he’s been healthy. People were crying all last year at the loss of MM-a player with half Cruz’ overall talent. What do people think will happen to this offense if Cruz departs? Randall? Jernigan? Please. The window is closing, albeit slowly, on Eli’s career. We can probably count on 5 more years-beyond that who knows. Why would we toss away next year and the year after developing new pass receiving rocket scientists when we have 2accomplished Gilbride University graduates?
    Sign Cruz. Pay the guy. Make it up on someone(s) else.

  4.  BillyS says:

    I think the agent swap bodes extremely well for the Giants. It’s someone the Giants have a good working relationship with and an agent who always seems to put players’ needs first (aka – where they want to play). Cruz is playing it smart by not burning any bridges/alienating his fan base. If he was all about the money then that’s enough to turn a lot of fans off. But the fact that he’s showing that he WANTS to stay in blue…that’s where the money is. Becoming a true fan favorite would open so many doors for him. The endorsements would be even more lucrative than ever, I’m sure more of his shirts and jerseys would sell, and I think it’d make playing here all the more enjoyable for him. He’s got it made here, why leave over a few bucks? He knows this.

  5.  KingAndrewXXIII says:

    As Mara has stated, Cruz, being from the area PAIRED with both his on and off-field endeavors, could be wealthier than even his wildest dreams imagined. I would be really interested to see the deal that he turned down. He is a smart guy who performs well…and then has his other off-field stuff with books, clothing, etc. – which in the Big Apple, would THRIVE. Sure, Jennings and Matthews have booked a few national commercial gigs being out of Green Bay (although the Packers seem to have replaced the Cowboys as “America’s Team”) but outside of that, smaller market teams don’t get the lucrative endorsement deals…and the ppl in Cincy or Jacksonville aren’t buying your $65 Young Whales shirts. Hopefully Condon can get Eli extended ensuring that he is a Giant for life in something similar to what Brady’s agent did with the Pats and utilize some of that run-off money to help make his new client happy.

  6.  kujo says:

    I’ll also point out that there are very few things upon which Demo and I agree, at least when it comes to Giants football. Truth be told, we have identical tastes in TV shows and movies, and very similar social and political views. But we have had a few rows on here about our differing opinions about the offensive line, the importance of middle linebackers in the Cover 2 scheme, the need for more pass rushers, etc.

    But let me tell you this–when we agree on something, it’s usually a sign that you should, too.

  7.  kujo says:

    BTW, where’s rlhjr to enjoy the irony of me defending Victor Cruz?

  8.  kujo says:

    What the hell? You ladies tucker yourselves out jabbering while I was at work today? No one wants to fight no more?

  9.  kujo says:

    Giants 101 ?@Giants_101
    Cullen Jenkins: “Eli being the QB had a lot to do with me being here. With him, you’re never out of the game

  10.  fanfor55years says:

    I hope Cruz stays. Hiring Condon doesn’t mean he will. No one knows what will happen. The Giants will be better with him, but will survive, and thrive, without him if they get a first-round pick in the bargain. Mara/Reese made him a fair offer but probably less than his current “worth”. Cruz should take a bit less than his current “worth” to stay around new York and remain an icon.

    I am sick of the silly debate with enough straw men being created that if someone lights a match the whole site might burn to a crisp.

    •  kujo says:

      You might want to lay off your own pipe, pal. The whole “my post at 4:12 was timely” thing was one of your worst erotic-yoga performances of late.

    •  kujo says:

      FF55′s “timely” post at 4:12

      fanfor55years says:
      March 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM
      There are a lot of reasons why Victor Cruz would want to, and should, stay with the Giants. He’s home, he’s incredibly popular in the area, which translates to lots of lifetime dollars, he feels comfortable with Eli and his teammates, and he can make something like 75-80% of what someone else might offer, which after taxes and agent’s fees translates into more like 10% more.

      So I don’t assume that tendering him means negotiations stop. I always assumed they would tag him, and then the serious negotiations would commence. He can always sign before fielding any other offers, but probably will not. He wants to know what would be out there, knowing that the Giants will probably stick to what they offered if he has to come back sheepish because no one wanted to break the bank for him.

      But I really am not losing sleep over this. We’ll be fine with or without him. That first-round pick would, for me, take almost all of the sting out of losing a terrific player. I think, though, if he leaves over a somewhat better contract HE will live to regret it.”

      •  kujo says:

        I can only assume that you think bringing up that Cruz wants to stay a Giant is what constituted this post as “timely.” Of course, everyone has been saying that, including Cruz, for the last 2 years, with total and complete regularity.

        Ditto for your cutting edge analyses of the tenders for the Browns. I don’t remember any serious argument against the team applying 2nd round tenders for these players, so you don’t get any credit there either, pal.

        Sorry, just catching up. You did a bunch of that self-gobbling contortionist stuff today. Don’t wanna leave anything out ;)

      •  James Stoll says:

        Crazy talk
        FF should be ashamed
        Perhaps his worst reasoning ever

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