It’s been a frustrating offseason for Victor Cruz of the New York Giants as the wide receiver has been doing everything in his power to fight for a long-term deal. Even after agreeing to a one-year tender a couple of weeks ago, it was clear there was still a chance Cruz and the Giants could work something out before the start of training camp.
Now, it appears the two sides will no longer have to worry about it as Cruz and the Giants have reportedly agreed on a new five-year extension.
The extension is supposedly worth $43 million on top of his one-year tender–which is a wise move for New York. Cruz may have emerged as one of the league’s most dangerous wide receivers over the last two seasons while becoming one of Eli Manning‘s favorite target in the passing game, but the amount of money he was originally asking for was way too much for a player with his experience.
The last thing the Giants wanted to do was provide Cruz with a hefty contract and see his production go down like the Dallas Cowboys did with Miles Austin–so it’s good to see these two sides reach an agreement now with training camp right around the corner. New York certainly has the talent to make a run for the division title next season and be one of the top contenders in the NFC, but it would have been a lot more difficult with an unhappy Cruz.