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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: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:14 am

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

He actually said it all in a very humble way. He said he was fairly paid going into the 2011 season and he'll let the agents and NYG mgt take care of any increase. This guy is a great player with a good head on his shoulders. As usual, CBS & the rest of media will blow it out of proportion.

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:53 am

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

I also agree with that fact. Victor Cruz should be paid more. But I also believe ,it shouldn't be a outragous pay hike. Let him prove himself again, then go from their. The guy his a great player, and will get his payday.

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:50 am

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

He does & i'm sure he'll get his pay day!  he's been a HUGE part of this team getting & winning the Bowl this season!Cool

Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:29 am

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

This is a big deal over nothing.  Cruz is simply saying that after the year he had he deserves more money than he received, which by NFL standards is low for a "star" wideout.  He doesn't even hint that he will hold out unless he gets a new contract.  There's nothing wrong with believing or saying the Giants got a great deal when you consider Cruz impact especially when it's Cruz saying it.  Let's see what happens when the training camps open before treating this as an issue.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:28 am

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

Another young and talented WR who wants more money.  You can pretty much bet on him having a down year next season.  Why can't guys just play?  Consistently good years equals a new contract, not one or two breakout seasons.  Not to mention WRs usually get a lot more mileage than RBs, so they should just shut up. 

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:35 am

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

I agree with the fact that he should be paid better, now he just needs to handle things the right a professional about it.  As far as the Giants go, I do think it would be smart for them to extend him before he could hit the open market.  I too think it would be better if he would put together multiple years to see how good he can be.  If they were to offer to extend him an additional 2-3 years at maybe $3 million or so he could prove his worth and look forward to an even bigger payday in his future. 

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:12 am

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

He's gong to need to put up another solid season before New York pays the big bucks.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:49 am

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

classic wideout manuever!!!  needs me sum more money...  but i do think that he totally deserves a bigger payroll.. for sure...  but a contract is a contract...   another year like this year, and he'll be loaded..... he'll have so much cash that he wont know what to do with it all...  be just like everyone else... get the money!!!! Then loose the drive to play and perform!! and then piss every FAN off for SLACKING!!!! 

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:18 am

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

Go to the NFL page on CBS and click on "teams", then click on any team you want and click on "rosters".   Take the starters on any team you want on both sides of the ball and figure out the average, you'll never find a team in the NFL with a 3 year average.  The average is closer to 6 years and the median is higher then that.
Except that's not how the "average NFL career" is calculated. What you're looking at is current NFL experience per team. You're forgetting about a whole ton of players who make it onto a roster for one year (if that), then burn out or never make it back onto a squad. Maybe they make it to the practice squad, but that's not counted towards the NFL career length.

The correct way to calculate average NFL career length would be to take the number of years' experience of every man who has ever played in the NFL and average those numbers together. That, obviously, is a much more difficult task to undertake.

Do I have any idea what the average career actually is? No. But I do think it's a lot closer to 3 years than it is to 6. If you want to find a list of retired / permanently inactive players from the past few decades and try to run the stats on them, I'm all ears.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:11 am

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

I wouldn't be surprised if the Giants were to make a more lucrative offer to Cruz as he did have a productive season and its not like the Giants are going to give him Santonio Holmes dollars but 7 figures a season for 3-4 years isn't too much.

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