After the type of year he had this past season, it seemed like only a matter of time before chatter started about whether or not New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was worthy of a new deal. Just a few days after the Giants won their second Super Bowl title in four years, the topic is already beginning to heat up, but give Cruz credit for handling the situation like a professional.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com recently discussed with the Giants wideout his contract situation considering Cruz only made $450,000 in 2011 and is scheduled to make $490,000 next season. Cruz knows he’s being underpaid as a wideout considering he recorded 1,536 receiving yards (Giants record and third in the NFL) to go along with nine touchdowns, but he seems confident enough that everything will work out for the best.
From Florio’s article:
Appearing on a special non-live edition of PFT Live, Cruz talked about winning the Vizio Top Value Performer Award, which goes to the NFL player who does the most for the least money. I told Victor that, several weeks ago, finalist Matt Forte said he’d prefer not to be nominated for the award, because it means he’s underpaid. So I asked Victor if he thinks he’s underpaid.
“I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel like I was underpaid,” Cruz said. “I mean, I feel like after my performance this year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at this point. But that’s something I’ll let my agents and those people take care of and I’ll just go out there and play the game.”
Obviously, New York will most likely reward Cruz with a new deal considering how effective he was throughout the entire season and it’s safe to say the Giants most likely wouldn’t be Super Bowl Champions without his presence. There’s no question Cruz was one of the best stories from this past season and even though he joined the Giants as a free agent in 2011–it’s safe to say the rest of the 31 teams in the NFL wish they had considered bringing the former Massachusetts star on board back then.
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