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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: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:56 am

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  by mid-season, but the new CBA terms really hurt players trying to holdout or any of that. 

Awwwww.  You mean the new CBA almost forces players to honor the contract they signed?  You mean if they hold out for a bit the season becomes a waste and doesn't count as opposed to the old CBA that allowed players to come back the final 6 weeks and it counted as a full season towards free agency?   Wow... how unfair is that !!!  Damn that new CBA..... it forces players to honor their signature?????

And you player supporters spare me with "the owners cut players whenever they want" or "the owners don't honor contracts".  The owners honor every penny of the guaranteed money in the deal and they don't do anything the CBA doesn't allow.  If the players didn't like the new CBA they shouldn't have signed it, that's it, it's that simple folks !!!  

Forever now owners burned for 10's of millions on many many occasions and overall they burned for hundreds of millions on first round busts, players that produced close to nothing but got paid 20, 30 and even 40 million dollars.  When today's NFL players collect a signing or roster bonus and proceed to suck the rest of their contract, there is no refund.

Like any other business an owner has to put up with good and bad.  Owners have to eat bad contracts at times and once in a while a player exceeds expectations and that player costs them less then normal.  One offsets the other.....

You people want the owners to eat the bad contracts, signing bonuses and roster bonuses to schmucks that end up sucking but you also want the owners to reward over achieving players making less money sooner then when their contract expires.  That doesn't make any business sense at all.  You can't have it both ways...

If the Giants are smart they'll tell this kid and his agents to go f*** themselves.  Make him play out the last year of his deal, end of story.  If he sits out, let him lose the season and force him to play the next one, it doesn't count towards free agency if he doesn't play.  As long as he shows up to training camp on time and plays as well as last season all season long, he'll get his money after one more year.  The Giants at that point can do what they want.  They can qualify him, trade his rights or franchise him.  

If this kid has a half a brain he'll shut up and try to go out and have another big year.  Wide recievers are getting huge money in this league and if he gets franchised a year later is sure to make a fortune. With contracts like Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson and Calvin Johnson's new contract coming up if he gets franchised he's going to make huge dollars after just one more season.

Shut up and play. 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:39 am

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

But with the average NFL  at around three years, I call it smart and pragmatic. The trick is to ask in a way that doesn't alienate teammates or fans.

The average NFL career is NOT 3 years and has NEVER BEEN 3 years.  You obviously believe everything unions tell you when in reality the NFLPA is full of crap.  It was PROVEN the union was lying and playing with numbers to try and make a point, anybody with a brain knows it's not even close to 3 years.  In the fake average the union calculated they were counting players that were cut after as little as literally ONE DAY and weighing those numbers equally with all the others. They were counting walk-ons that didn't make and players nobody on the planet earth has ever heard of. 

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. 

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:53 pm

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

Hey Victor: who DOESN'T think they're underpaid at their job? The problem is, better players have had to wait longer than a year (or even two years) to get a contract more in line with their performance. For WRs, you can start with Vincent Jackson and DeSean Jackson. Or Marques Colston. Even Jordy Nelson has a case, now. For RBs heading into 2011, there was CJ2K (who eventually got paid) and Matt Forte. Both have been underpaid for quite some time.

In other words, wait your turn, put in your time, and prove that you can be great year-in and year-out.

I love Cruz, I love his underdog story, I love his charisma and his general humbleness/humility, and I really hope he DOES get paid. But he needs to keep quiet about his salary when better players have better reasons to complain. You'll get paid, Cruz, just wait another year or two...

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:36 pm

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

Pay. The. Man.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:32 pm

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

In a league with almost no guaranteed contracts, players like Cruz rightly see themselves as stocks, cashing in as they go up in value.  Lord knows when they go down far enough or a better stock comes along, GM's will sell.

Some call this greedy, or bust on the player for not wanting to honor his original contract. But with the average NFL career at around three years, I call it smart and pragmatic. The trick is to ask in a way that doesn't alienate teammates or fans.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:17 pm

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

I wonder if Mr. Cruz is considering paying back the money he was paid for the season he missed with injury??

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:10 pm

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

Cruz will get paid. He's big insurance for the often injured Hakeem Nicks. It's a nice 1-2 combination as Nicks has become Manning's go-to guy, but Cruz is the big play threat.

I believe Mario Manningham is a FA this summer, but I don't think the Giants should overpay on him. He has the ability to have big games, but I attribute that more to Manning than his performance, not discounting his SB catch. Manningham was also chronically injured this year.

Manningham is much more skilled than David Tyree, but wouldn't be surprised if he had the same fate.      

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:58 pm

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

I don't see anything wrong with what Cruz said. He's not demanding anything, he's not being a self-righteous a-hole saying crap like "i want this or i'm better than that guy", he's being smart about his situation. He had a great year and if he didn't, the Giants could've said good-bye.  And he doesn't want to go into the final year of his contract with nothing to gain (he's proved his worth already) and everything to lose(he tears a knee up or something). He also signed with IMG. That to me means that he's looking at the big picture, it's not just football, it's a business. He's showing alot of class, unlike the vast majority of other professional athletes.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:38 pm

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

He's right.

He is under contract and under normal circumstances, he should honor his deal.

However, he really outperformed his contract.  The Giants won the super bowl.

Give him a new deal and make him happy. 

Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:33 pm

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

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