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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: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:28 pm
 

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

Several commentaors here wrote that Cruz is on an ego trip - one went so far as saying he should go back to the ghetto.  Hmmm, do I detect some degree of cynicism here?

First, the guy was only answering a question that was asked of him.  Second, he declared, "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."  In other words, he is conceding that the issue is out of his hands.  Therefore, he is not being haughty as some suggest.  Lastly, I think it was smart of him to join a marketing agency that could promote his public image and secure proftable endorsement for him.  Thus, his approach to securing his financial future is a good approach.




Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:26 pm
 

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

HarryPoppins, I guess besides silly posts, you can't read either... He never said he wouldn't play, hold out or anything.. He said he is going to go out, play and let his agents handle it... What is wrong with that? he did out perform his contract and if he was high paid and he didn't perform, the team would cut him...


TalllCatherine
Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:11 pm
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Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:00 pm
 

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

I Think he did answer correctly, he stated that he didnt think he was underpaid, and just said he felt the way he played this year he deserves more money, both of those are TRUE statements, He never demanded anything, he stated he would let his agents handle that. i smell a rat!!!!!! These writers will edit stuff just to get the pot sturred up !!!!



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:59 pm
 

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

I agree yanksdabest...This TITLE is really misleading and a cheap shot! The guy was very humble in his answer!



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:32 pm
 

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

what are you talking about? he said "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.” he showed no ego in that statement, he was asked a question and answered it the way he was supposed to. read the last sentence carefully and you will get it. cruz is a very humble player which will help him in the future in terms of money in my opinion beacuse owners will trust him with the contract they are giving him. demanding will not get you anything as we have learned last couple of years with osi, deshawn and vincent. 


TalllCatherine
Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:19 pm
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:14 pm
 

Victor Cruz: don't be a bleeping moron

Cruz needs a reality check here.  He is a hero in New York, but he is dangerously close to chucking it all out the window with his mouth and his ego.  His agent should tell him to shut up now.  Then, the agent should take advantage of all of the endorsements that will be available to Cruz as long as the fans still love him.  
 
Victor Cruz is on the verge of blowing an opportunty to be one of those athletes who makes more off the field than he does on the field.  I hope he comes to his senses and says he was "taken out of context." 



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:13 pm
 

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

He signed a contract.  Live with the contract or go back to the ghetto and dig ditches.



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:04 pm
 

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

This is a big reason teams do not often repeat as Super Bowl champs.  It started early but it will not end here. I would not give him anymore money, this year. If he can put another season like this one, then after next year I would pay him the big dollars he is seeking. I do like him and think he has a huge upside. He merely went to the head of the line, others are already planning their move. The Giants GM has his work cut out for him. Still it is a nice problem to have. Congrats Giants, quite the playoff run.


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