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Victor Cruz Says It was “Tough” to Take Less Money from New York Giants than He Felt He Deserved

July 16th, 2013 at 12:10 PM
By Dan Benton

Victor Cruz is happy to be a member of the New York Giants — a place he says he wants to retire — but that hasn't made it any easier to swallow accepting less money from the team than he feels he deserves.

"I'm not going to lie, it's tough. It's tough. When you understand from a numbers standpoint, and the numbers you put up you feel like deserve a certain amount of money … and you want your team to owe that to you," Cruz said on The Opening Drive on SiriusXM NFL on Monday. "I'm not going to say it's easy when you see guys getting these huge paydays and you feel like you're at the same caliber, if not better than some of those guys."

After intense negotiations that seemed to drag on forever, Cruz eventually signed what amounts to a six-year, $45.879 deal with the Giants, making him one of the highest paid wide receivers in the league. And, at least for the time being, one of the highest paid players on the Giants.

In the end, Cruz said it came down to his love of the city and desire to remain near his family.

"You ask yourself 'Would you want to play for this amount in New York and play in the best city in the world and play football, and — I'm a hometown kid — be close to home and your mom and your family? Or do you want to take a big pay day and go somewhere like Kansas City or Minnesota where your family might not be able to come as often as you want and you're living in a city you're not too familiar with and it's an adjustment for you?' " he added.

What say you, Giants' fans? Did Cruz deserve more? Is he now overpaid? Or was the contract befitting of his value?

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10 Responses to “Victor Cruz Says It was “Tough” to Take Less Money from New York Giants than He Felt He Deserved”

  1.  Chad Eldred says:

    Stop talking for a while Victor.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      this. Liked him better before people knew or cared who he was. Humble pie might be coming his way.

      have a feeling jay z is rubbing off on him.

  2.  JimStoll says:

    I would say to the extent you measure yourself in dollars and cents and/or relative to what others are paid, you will never be happy

  3.  jfunk says:

    Victor’s the highest paid slot receiver in the NFL (possibly excepting Harvin if you consider him a slot receiver, but he’s more versatile than Victor). I think that means he’s paid well enough. What he’s doing is like comparing the best Guard’s salary to the best Left Tackle’s salary. They’re on different pay scales because of their position.

    Regarding the Pugh situation, the Giants should give him his money. If the other players around his slot are getting guaranteed contracts, pony up. He might be one of the safest 1st round picks we’ve had in a while. What’s the worst case scenario barring injury…he’s only a starting guard for us for the next 5 years? The odds that we cut this guy in the next 4 years are nil, so there’s no cap concerns about guaranteeing his contract.

  4.  Aaron21 says:

    I love the g-men but this guy is gettin on my nerves. NY gives you shot when you were a nobody, then you sign a deal and got the balls to cry about it. Are you serious! You should be thinkin about livin up to that $. First the TM comment and now this, guess i just thought he was bigger than that BS.

  5.  Aaron21 says:

    Grow up and play football. Try keepin your mouth shut and let your play do the talkin. We’ve all seen this before, he’s setting himself up to fail or have a subpar year.

  6.  Aaron21 says:

    I didn’t know anyone was offering him a big payday other than us.

  7.  KingAndrewXXIII says:

    Really wish Cruz would just shut up and focus on playing football. The ink hasn’t even dried on his contract yet, and he is already complaining about taking less? Looking like we may have another Osi-like situation on our hands in a few years…

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