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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