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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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Comments

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:27 am
 

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

This guys was a nobody until the Eagles secondary made him somebody this year.  One good year and now all of a sudden he's going to start demanding more money.  Get a grip, "Honor" your original contract that you signed!  I hope when he does that stupid salsa dance he blows out both knees.  I'm so sick of these types of celebrations.  Wanna see a true professional athelte, watch Emmit Smith or Barry Sanders when they used to score touchdwons.  Toss the ball to the Ref and get off the feild.  Personally, I think the NFL should make some type of new rule on this, these dances, mid air chest pumps, jumping in the stands is all showboating and has no place in the game!



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:16 am
 

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

He played good for a come on guy. I think the giants better lock him up in a good contract. hang on to him for a little while.



Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:06 am
 

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

I have an issue with guys signing deals and then walking. Teams can't sign deals and then walk. Players would take them to court and win immediately. I'm surprised teams don't take players to court. I guess they're trying to keep it in the family.

What I would suggest is for the team to possibly layout a bonus plan. Cruz hits certain benchmarks and gets certain pay. He always gets his contracted amount but has potential to make much more. That way if he walks the walk, he'll get paid for his efforts. I'd like to see this more often in pro sports.

I love it when a guy has a great season and gets paid well but when some of these guys sign these huge guaranteed contracts and dissappear, it makes me sick and it makes the sport look bad.



Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:06 am
 

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

And by the way name me another team with as been to the Super Bowl as many times as the Patriots have in the past 12 years, name me another team to win as many Super Bowls as they have in the past 12 years. No team has been on top longer and won as many Super Bowls in that time span.

I guess cheaters really DO prosper.



Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:05 am
 

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

And, so it begins.



Since: Mar 31, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:43 am
 

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

It's only one season to showcase his body of work. Let's talk about it after another season at that level. Last season he was injured, so which Cruz is the real Cruz? The injury prone Cruz or the phenom?



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:37 am
 

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

And by the way name me another team with as been to the Super Bowl as many times as the Patriots have in the past 12 years, name me another team to win as many Super Bowls as they have in the past 12 years. No team has been on top longer and won as many Super Bowls in that time span.



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:35 am
 

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

  He has what a good 8-10 game strech and wants more $$$$..... Typical



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:33 am
 

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

He deserves a big pay day. He was absolutely huge for the Giants this year. When Nicks was hobbled he held the WR corp together. Like many have said, they don't make the playoffs without him plain and simple. He deserves to be paid. To me Manningham would be the odd man out if it came to that but I don't think Manningham's contract is a budget breaker anyway.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:31 am
 

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

Oh right!!!!! ;your Patsy's don't want to pay ANYBODY..!!!!!  They go out to car washes to pick up bodies....How's that workin' out????


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