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Report: Victor Cruz Seeking $10 – $11 Million Annually from New York Giants

April 4th, 2013 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

'Victor Cruz' photo (c) 2011, scott mecum - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Once upon a time, it was reported that Restricted Free Agent (RFA) wide receiver Victor Cruz was seeking a contract worth between $8 – $10 million annually. Accordingly, the New York Giants stepped up to the plate and offered the youngster a deal worth more than $7+ million annually and $21 million guaranteed. As it turns out, not only is Cruz allegedly seeking more than the $21 million guaranteed, but he's also seeking more than the initial ask of $8 – $10 million annually.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported on Wednesday that Cruz and his former agent were actually seeking a deal worth $10 – $11 million annually, which would make him one of the highest paid wide receivers in the entire league.

"Several NFL sources said his asking price was closer to $10 million-$11 million per year, which is about the going rate for a No. 1 receiver in the NFL," Vacchiano wrote.

As the reports of demands continue to grow, Cruz maintains that it's important for people to not believe everything they hear. On Tuesday, he tweeted that fans should "believe none of what they hear and half of what they see," but in the NFL and public negotiation, that same line of logic should apply to him.

Whatever the case may be, time is running out for Cruz to make a decision. Teams have until April 19th to sign him to an offer sheet; after that, he'll have to decide whether or not to take the Giants "substantial" offer or play on a first-round tender worth $2.879 million in 2013 and risk becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2014.

Note: Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson is currently slated to be the highest paid WR in the NFL in 2013 with a base salary of $9.5 million.

(H/T SNY)

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18 Responses to “Report: Victor Cruz Seeking $10 – $11 Million Annually from New York Giants”

  1.  jahmyrr says:

    I love Cruz and all. But hes far from worth one of the highest paid WRs in the league. If this is true, hes pricing himself right off this team. As much as id love to see VC stay a Giant, I have no issues sending him packing if he continues to take this stance and expect far more than hes worth (again imo).

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Like I said Patterson if on the board could be in play. If there’s that much difference between Cruz and JR then at best Cruz is playing for the tender. And at worse we have a hold out.

  3.  GIANTT says:

    I dont understand why he would price himself this high because he already has the Giants offer which he knows isnt going to get much higher if anything at all and is anyone else going to pay that kind of money AND give up a first round pick ?

  4.  Judith Limprecht says:

    Agreed he is becoming greedy if this is true. I think he really needs to read his own book and remember some of the things he has said. He is good at what he does don’t want to take that away from him but if he loses focus at all his “greatness” is gone and he has a history of that going all the way back.

  5.  norm says:

    Cue Michael Corleone: “Just when I thought I was out…”

    Seriously, though, I’m not getting “pulled back in” to this old discussion.

    So I’ll simply step aside and let anyone who still gives a crap about this topic to hammer on the same ol’ tired talking points for the hundred thousandth time.

    •  norm says:

      That said, if someone chooses to let fly with a “Young Whales” crack or two you won’t hear a peep of complaint from me.

      That sh!t always cracks me up.

    •  rlhjr says:

      :\ My response to yet more Cruz drama.

  6.  wlubake says:

    This is leaked by the Giants to keep teams from making offers. These numbers may have come up, but I doubt they are a line in the sand for Cruz. This information should help keep the wolves away until the deadline passes.

    That said, we should all brace for 1 more year of Cruz + Nicks and hope for a SB title. Looks likely that we’ll be rebuilding this position group next offseason.

  7.  wlubake says:

    Saw that Tyson Clabo is getting cut in ATL. If he could be had for a reasonable 2 year deal, he’d be a great plug at RT. Much better fit than someone like Winston. He could also help drive down the price of Andre Smith for teams.

  8.  BigBlueGiant says:

    And with the 19th pick of the 2013 draft, the NY Giants select ( insert best WR here).

    Seriously, Jigga man is inflating the kids value. good luck in Cleveland next year, Cruz.

    •  wlubake says:

      Not likely, unles (insert best WR here) = (insert best available player here).

      I think the team likes what Randle showed toward the end of last year. They still would try Jernigan in the slot. Plus who knows what we find in rounds 2-7? No overreaction coming.

      •  Levito says:

        The Giants should sign Julian Edelman and let him take some playing time from Cruz this year in the slot. I’m sure they could figure out pretty quick if they can just insert another slot receiver and not suffer in the passing game.

  9.  Levito says:

    I doubt it’s leaked by the Giants. If any team wants to know what Cruz’s demands are, they can just pick up the phone and call Tom Condon.

    If there were any teams out there looking to sign him and $10mm/year isn’t enough to scare them away, I’m sure losing a first round pick along with will do it.

    If Cruz is going to be this greedy, the Giants are just going to play hardball. He can play out this year under the restricted tag and if he plays well enough and the Giants don’t think they can replace him next year, they’ll just give him the exclusive tag next year and they’ll have secured him for 2 years @ $10mm total. Then he can test the market all he wants. But if he suffers a serious injury in that time, he can go hang out with Steve Smith.

  10.  GeezUp says:

    Hey Dan, April Fool’s Day was Monday!!! I expect more from this site!!!

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