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Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:23 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 6:10 pm
CruzBy Josh Katzowitz

In real-life standards, making $490,000 is a pretty decent salary. In the world of pro football, it’s more like a “meh” financial reward, almost the definition of entry-level pay. For an outgoing wide receiver who was virtually unknown before this season and then exploded with an 82-catch, 1,536-yard, nine-touchdown performance and became known as the guy who salsa dances after he scores, it’s an outrage.

Well, not really an outrage, but after his glorious season that ended with a touchdown catch in the Giants Super Bowl XLVI win against the Patriots, Victor Cruz  -- who made $450,000 in 2011 -- would like a substantial raise for 2012.

“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 told the men at Pro Football Talk. “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.”

I don’t think many people would disagree that Cruz deserves more money after his 2011 performance, but remember, he signed a three-year $1.2 million contract after he went unselected in the 2010 draft. He missed all of last season with an injury, so it's not like Cruz has put together multiple seasons of consistency.

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Also, you have to remember the players who had breakout seasons and demanded more money from their teams and never got it. Players like Sidney Rice, Matt Forte and DeSean Jackson. Just because Cruz had one wonderful season, that doesn’t mean the Giants have to give him a bigger raise than they’d already planned. And considering New York has a powerful receiving corps, is Cruz holding out in training camp really going to scare the Giants into tearing up his old contract and giving him a new one? I’d guess no.

But in other Cruz news, it’s also been reported that he signed with the powerful IMG agency after the Super Bowl. That won’t increase his ability to barter for a new deal with the Giants, because IMG was hired to work on his marketing and endorsement campaigns (I see either a marketing campaign for Tostitos salsa or for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, though considering Cruz turned down “Dancing with the Stars,” he might like to go less mainstream).

However, adding IMG means Cruz most likely will make more money this year. And if that money doesn’t come from the Giants, Cruz might have to be OK with that.

In even more Cruz news, he weighed in on the laughable “Rob Gronkowski was dancing with his shirt off after the Patriots lost” controversy. Cruz, it seems, disagrees with the spirit of what Gronkowski was doing.

“I would have been in my room, watching TV, soaking in the moment,” Cruz told PFT. “It’s not every day you make it to a Super Bowl, man. . . . Some guys play 15, 16 years in this league and don’t make it the Super Bowl. Or even the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl. . . . I probably wouldn’t have been partying too much after that.”

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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:01 pm

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

If Cruz is smart he doesn't give a shit what the fans think and just tries to maximize his own earnings. You've got to look out for #1, yourself, because nobody else will. I think he will get paid by mid-season, but the new CBA terms really hurt players trying to holdout or any of that.

I don't remember when CJ1k signed last year, was that before the season started? I just remember him sucking on my fantasy team most of the year.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:00 pm

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

Peyton to Harrison > any other tandem, including Peyton and Wayne. 

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:53 pm

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

welcome back redwing... finally someone with a ounce of god given intelligence!

you nailed i! he didnt return the dough when he was injured did he ? no! no one knows how good cruz may or may not be, and the system certainly seems to favor the slot receiver(see steve smiths stats). the giants certainly could pay him more but why? they are likely are going to have to fill the void if someone manages to sign manningham which it seems they will. the options out there are going to be expensive so the gmen will need their dough or go the draft route... either way make him play or no pay!  

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:52 pm

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

I am a lifelong Giants fan and a Cruz fan. he was a big surprise and deserves a raise. With that said did he really need to go public with this? Great operson, great season, great story bad decision. But, I am sure it will work out for him. At least I hope it does he seems like a real classy hardworking guy.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:46 pm

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

  If you out performed everyone at your job at where you work, would you continue to go about your business and not demand a raise when you SEVERELY outperformed them?

Sure I would.  But in the real world if I UNDERPERFORM I get fired, no reference and can't pay my mortgage.  I don't get to keep millions of dollars in signing bonuses that players get in the NFL, oh wait 99 percent of us don't get signing bonuses in the real world. And if I go to jail because I was convicted of a felony, it gets tough finding a job.  There certainly wouldn't be too many options for me when I get out like there is for NFL players.

Get it through your thick heads, NFL players agreed to the terms of the CBA.  The deal is they play out their contract, or play until they are cut.  If they do well they earn their salary, if they don't they get cut.  End of story.   That's what they put their signature on, if they don't like it they should have sat out and demanded guaranteed contracts.  But wait, if they did that they wouldn't see front loaded contracts with signing and roster bonuses.   Athletes in other sports may have guaranteed contracts, but they don't get what star players in the NFL get.... signing and roster bonuses, etc.   They get their salary, whatever that may be for as long as they signed for. 


Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:45 pm

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

Without Cruz stepping up this year, the Giants don't win the Superbowl.  Heck they don't even win the division.  PAY THE MAN.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:38 pm

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

He's by far Eli's best target, and I think Eli to Cruz could become a legendary tandem much like Peyton and Wayne were

Congratulations.  You made the dumbest post of any thread so far on CBS in 2012.  That's tough to do man....... WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One season doesn't make a player, if you weren't knew at football you would know that.  I watched a lot of Giants games and trust me, Cruz will have a much more difficult time next season.  He didn't face the double teams established wide recievers normally face, wait until next season when he sees things he's never seen before.  And then IF he can do what he did this year maybe he should get paid... but after one season?  Not a chance...

Never again make that mistake son.... don't ever put Cruz and Eli Manning in the same sentence as a legendary tandem of Peyton and Wayne. 

Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:34 pm

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

He deserves to negotiate for a contract after next season.  Its not like he gave the Giants back the money he didn't earn last year.  He has been paid for two seasons so far, even though he only played one season.  So really he got $800K for one seasons work.  I would say that is a pretty good deal.  True, his contract isn't guaranteed, however the Giants paid him for a year he didn't play.  Apparently, some teams do honor their contracts, even to an unproven player.  

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:32 pm

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

I think the Giants should wait until Cruz has 1 more season like this (which I believe he will) before they do this.  I also really hope Cruz doesn't turn into another whining reciever.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:31 pm

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

ChrisV, you are asking the players to honor their current contracts calling it a 1 way street.  Do you realize that contracts are not gauranteed in the NFL like they are in NBA and MLB?  If a player is amazing for 3 years, and signs a new $80 mil contract for 5 years, but underperforms year 1, he can keep his signing bonus, but the team can force him into a salary reduction or cut him.  Owners almost NEVER honor a contract until it's end, so it's definitely a 2 way street.  

All you player supporters are 100 percent WRONG, it's not even a debate.  Owners honor EVERY SINGLE CONTRACT as the CBA requires the contract be honored.  NFL contracts for the most part are no guaranteed contract, too bad so sad for the players because that's what they signed up for.  If they don't like it then sit out the next CBA and get more insurance so when they can't be cut as easily. 

When an NFL cashed in a 3 or 4 million dollar roster bonus and then proceeded to kill somebody drinking and driving and got suspended for the season, he kept every penny of his deal.  When Michael Vick collected bonus after bonus in the amount of 10's of millions of dollars and then ended up in jail and in bankruptcy, Arthur Blank got squat in return... he tried, but he failed and got zero. 

When a player all these years pre-rookie salary cap collected 10 or 20 or 40 million dollars and sucked ass, the team got nothing in return.  The Raiders were forced to hold onto Jamarcus Russel for a long time because of the guaranteed money they were forced to pay out. 

I feel a little bit for the Matt Forte's of the NFL that perform like superstars for years and don't get an extension in the last year of their deal.  But a rookie wide receiver that wasn't drafted has one good season and he wants to be set for life?

Screw him.... the Giants shouldn't give him a dime.  Good organizations don't reward a player after 1 season by ripping up his old deal.

Tell him to play or sit out as long as he wants to sit out... he has 2 years left on his deal.  Either honor your deal or retire punk. 

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