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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: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:30 am
 

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

The Giants management better "show Cruz the money".  This guy was literally the best offensive player on their team this past year.  Better lock him up for a solid three (3) year deal. 

Cruz most definitely deserves some "chips" with his "salsa"...LOL




Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:29 am
 

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

The Giants management better "show Cruz the money".  This guys was literally the best offensive player on their team this year.  Better lock him up for a solid three (3) contract. 

Cruz most definitely deserves some "chips" with his "salsa"...LOL



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:44 am
 

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

I would pay him $21 million for 3 years and let Manningham walk.  I saw a lot of Giants games this year like all america.



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:43 am
 

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

Giants better come through with money this offseason for Cruz and not be cheap about it.  Nothing in his game tells me that he wont be this reciever year after year.  Hands? Check.  Willing to go over the middle?  Check.  Speed and moves after the catch?  Check.  Routes and awareness?  Check.  Chemistry with Manning?  Check.  Ability to avoid the big hit?  Check so far.  Humility, sportsmanship and adult behavior?  Double Check.

Giants just won the friggin Super Bowl on the back of the passing game.  Lets keep the consistency between him, Manning and Nicks.  You'd be hard-pressed to name a better trio of Qb and 2 WR in all the NFL.  Maybe Rodgers/Jennings/Nelson is the only close one IMO.  Pay up now before the salary gets really outrageous after another 1000 yd season with a dozen TD's.  Giving him money now will save the eam in the long run and keep any negativity out of this guy who's brimming with enthusiasm and positivity.  Right now there's exactly 4 players on the entire roster harder to replace than Cruz being Manning, JPP, Tuck and Nicks (Nicks much bigger target, but close. 



Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:39 am
 

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

Pay the man. Without him you don't win the Super Bowl, probably don't even get to the playoffs. This is one situation where a potential holdout is completely warranted. I have complete confidence that Reese will do right by him and give him what he deserves - a 3 year/ $18 million contract



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:37 am
 

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

That team doesnt make the playoffs w/o Cruz. 



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:34 am
 

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

You're supposed to have fun playing the game, but you also choose your priorities. Gronkowski obviously has the LeBron attitude - cares more about the fun part than winning.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:33 am
 

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

Seems to be a "ME" first stink coming from that team? Pay me, pay me, pay me.

Dude had a stud year, year being the key word.




Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:27 am
 

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

If Cruz has another season like this year, he will get his money. The smart move would be to get the endorsements now, and wait until his contract is up to ask the Giants for the big bucks. Prove himself with a couple of great seasons and he can avoid the holdout that has damaged many a great career.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:22 am
 

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

Victor Cruz sounds like a pretty good guy.  If you read his whole statement he makes alot of sense and seems humble considering some of the other WR in the NFL.


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