After months of frustration, the New York Giants no longer have to worry about Victor Cruz agreeing to a contract for the 2013 season–even though it wouldn’t be a surprise if a holdout came down the road heading into training camp. Unfortunately for Cruz though, he won’t be making the amount of money he was originally hoping for.
Cruz announced that he will sign the one-year tender with the Giants for $2.879 million–which has to be frustrating on the wide receiver’s end. It’s understandable why Cruz was fighting so hard for a long-term deal considering he’s emerged as one of the league’s most dangerous wide receivers over the last two seasons, but the two parties had difficulties seeing eye-to-eye on a fair price.
At one point, New York apparently made an offer to Cruz that would have paid him around $7 million per season, but even that wasn’t good enough for the wideout. As bad as it sounds, this would have been a fair price for a player like Cruz considering the type of numbers he’s displayed over the last two seasons.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the two sides continued to discuss a possible long-term deal as the last thing New York wants to see happen is Cruz end up on another team in the future, but the more interesting factor will be what type of impact this has on Cruz’s performance.
Cruz was clearly frustrated before and the fact that he fought so long for a long-term deal but had to settle for the tender instead will make him even more frustrated heading into training camp–assuming the two sides fail to reach an agreement on a long-term deal by then.
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