Last offseason the talk across the NFL was whether or not a team would take a chance on Pittsburgh Steelers play-making wide receiver Mike Wallace who was a restricted free agent. After tendering Wallace in 2012 the Steelers will now get to see Wallace sign a lucrative deal with someone else in a matter of minutes.
The New York Giants saw this and decided to do the same thing to their star restricted free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz. After the two camps were apparently unable to strike an extension for the 26-year-old wideout, the Giants were forced to give Cruz a first-round tender. This move makes it so any team interested in his ability will have to surrender a first-round draft pick in order to sign him this offseason. Also, the Giants now maintain “the right of first refusal” which gives them the power to match any offer that Cruz receives from another team.
I highly doubt any team would waste a first-round pick on Cruz this free agency period.
With players like Greg Jennings, Wes Welker, Danny Amendola and Wallace now available with no strings attached, I don’t see why Cruz would get any offers. The aforementioned Wallace was 25-years-old last season and coming off of a year with 1,193 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, but no team bit on him knowing the costly nature of the deal. If no team took a chance on Wallace in a weak wide receiver free agent class, I can’t imagine why a team would make the plunge for Cruz.
There will be plenty of shake-up at the wide receiver position this offseason, but I think we will have to wait until next year when he becomes an unrestricted free agent like Wallace is this year.