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Michael Strahan, Victor Cruz Each up for Madden 25 Cover

March 12th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

For the second straight year, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz finds himself in the running for the Madden cover. However, EA decided to put a twist on things for their 25th anniversary, and have added an "old school" bracket here in 2013. Included in said bracket is retired Giants defensive end Michael Strahan.

Cruz, given an 11th seed in his "new school" first-round bracket, goes up against Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller. The winner of that head-to-head will move on to face the winner of Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks).

Meanwhile, Strahan was given the 5th seed in his "old school" first-round bracket, and he will square off against Sterling Sharpe (Green Bay Packers). The winner of that head-to-head will move on to face the winner of Ozzie Newsome (Cleveland Browns) and Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals).

In 2012, Cruz made it all the way to the third round before being eliminated by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis (55% to 45%). Willis would go on to lose to Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers) who was then beaten by Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) in the finals.

The payday for winning the Madden 25 cover is expected to exceed $200,000, but then the trouble is maneuvering to avoid the legendary "Madden curse" – which Johnson managed to do a season ago, setting the single-season NFL record with 1,964 receiving yards.

You can place your vote by heading over to the SportsNation section of ESPN.


Tags: Football, Michael Strahan, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Victor Cruz

8 Responses to “Michael Strahan, Victor Cruz Each up for Madden 25 Cover”

  1.  jfunk says:

    FOXLIN – my understanding of the waiting period is that they can negotiate with whoever the want. Just can’t sign anything for 72 hours.

    •  Levito says:

      I believe that’s correct. But it could keep impatient teams away while they sign players who are available. Plus, in Cruz’s case, changing agents is a sign he really wants to stay in NY.

    •  F0XLIN says:

      Thanks dude, so regardless of Cruz wanting to get a deal done with the Giants. A team can easily come in tonight, throw money at him and cloud the situation.

      •  jfunk says:

        Yeah, they could already do that though. They’ve been able to “talk” since Saturday, but not allowed to “agree” to anything.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    If Cruz makes the Madden cover, trade him

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    I doubt Cruz signs right away. Cruz needs the top UFA free agent WRs off the market to then see what his value will be to a team still in need of a WR. If a team is going to make him an offer when they have less options that opens up the need bargaining position for Cruz.

    Bennett will be interesting. If his brother signs elsewhere, there’s at least a 50-50 chance he returns.

    If we re-sign Cruz and/or extend Nicks that doesn’t require much additional cap space id any at all. Nicks’ 2013 cap hit is 3.7 mil and Cruz’s with the tender is now 2.9 mil. Beatty after re-signing his huge deal only has a 3.5 mil cap hit. Since most of these types of contracts provide a lot of upfront money in bonuses that bonus cap hit is spread out over the length of the contract. Simply put Nicks and/or Cruz could get big money with a cap hit already in the range of the cap number each already has. Eli extending would be more about freeing up money for free agents like Bennett, Boothe and/or an outside player.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      The Nicks extension definitely wouldn’t hurt cap-wise very much. It will be all about guaranteed money and signing bonus.

      I’m not even sure they’d have to give a big bonus to Cruz as long as the contract was a good one and had plenty of guarantees. He could play for the tender offer in 2013 (after all, that’s still a huge raise for him), get a big increase in 2014 and then start to max out in 2015 when the cap rises while knowing that he was guaranteed a boatload of money.

      The Giants can make this work, but only if they have reasonable negotiating partners. It’s up to the players because the team is not going to overpay for Cruz and will only slightly overpay for Nicks.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    I see there were a few more digs directed at Tiki. I propose that everyone who wants to say something negative add a postscript that goes: “Having said that, Tiki Barber is the greatest running back in the history of the New York Giants, carried the team on his back for four seasons, and probably belongs in the Hall of Fame someday.”

    That would create a bit of perspective. Hey, the guy has screwed up a few things. None of us know what really happened. I’m not a fan of guys who leave their pregnant wives, but I don’t have a clue what that marriage was like, and neither do any of the rest of us. As for failing in journalism, life is long and chances are many. Tiki’s a smart guy who probably has good insights. Don’t assume he won’t be back as at least a sports commentator. Should he have knocked Eli? Nope. But I will always AGREE with his insistence that the coaches did not do a great job and should have run the ball more back when he was an almost unstoppable force. And I’m not buying that his announcing his retirement was a big deal that hurt the team. Hey, now we’ve got Justin Tuck “retiring” while playing. Which is worse?

    Tiki Barber is a flawed human being (as are we all) but he was a superb football player and I hope things work out for him. I think the fans who boo him at the stadium should be ashamed of themselves. When I’m sitting there and that happens I feel embarrassed for those idiots who’ve probably never accomplished a tenth as much in their lives as he already has in his.

    Hell, I’d boo that bum Shockey from today until Doomsday. Bad guy. But guys like Tiki, and Plax, and LT, those guys are flawed but deserve the love, and respect for their football prowess, from the fans who had the pleasure of watching them. That’s my rant on Tiki, and while I’ve said essentially the same thing many times, I won’t bother any longer. I know it changes few minds, if any. But you should give the guy the same break you’d hope for in the same circumstances.

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