NJ.com– “It has been exactly one month since the Giants’ since ended with a 38-13 loss to the Packers in the playoffs. It has been the same amount of time since wide receiver Victor Cruz has spoken to any of the team’s brass.
While players typically make a clean break after the season, Cruz is in a unique position. The 30-year-old has a prohibitive $9.4 salary cap hit next season.
With a busy offseason ahead for Jerry Reese and the Giants, the hot topic is will Victor Cruz be back for the 2017 season. While the 30-year old who played his fist snap in 2016 since October 12, 2014 after his gruesome knee injury is still a fan favorite, right now it just makes sense for the Giants to move on.
The Giants had one of the worst offensive seasons in recent remember last year (25th in total offense and 19.4 pts per game by NFL.com). While a lot had to do with the fact that just about any sort of defensive pass rusher could put Ereck Flowers on skates and get driven to the bus like the Michael Oher scene in The Blind Side, their was just no real threat outside of Beckham.
Shepard looks like he will be able to strive in the slot role for the future, but still has a lot to learn as a young player. With no tight end threat other than Will Tye catching the ball in the flat then falling down after two yards, Cruz was the odd man out. He clearly isn’t the same player he was pre-knee injury and didn’t provide that same explosiveness. While he might be able to be good for one big catch every other game, it is clear the Giants need to find a big bodied Plaxico Burress like target this offseason in order to take the next step. With Beckham as the number one guy, Shepard in the slot and the Giants searching for that 3rd receiver, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Giants to keep around an aging 4th receiver who doesn’t contribute on special teams.
Of course, Cruz could take another pay cut for the second year in a row. It wouldn’t be totally far out of reach for a guy like Cruz who loves playing for this organization and playing in his hometown. I just don’t see the Giants wanting to pay his $9.4 million dollar salary nor do I see Cruz wanting to take another pay cut, he still has a family he has to feed after all.
While we might’ve seen Cruz do his last salsa in a Giants jersey, never forget probably his best moment he had in his Giants career: