Victor Cruz signs his one-year, $2.879M tender with the NY Giants, according to sources
131 Comments We have spent most of the offseason talking about the contract status of New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz . Today we talk about Cruz as part of our look at the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp in July. 2012 Season In Review Cruz followed a franchise record 1,536-yard 2011 season with a very good but not as sensational 86-catch, 1,092-yard 2012 season. Cruz had more touchdowns (10-9), but his yards per catch dropped from an insane 18.7 yard average to a more normal 12.7 yards per catch. Much of that was likely due to the fact that Hakeem Nicks was limited much of the season, meaning teams could focus more defensive attention on slowing Cruz. 2013 Outlook Cruz has signed his 2013 one-year tender, but we know the big story will be when, or if, he and the Giants can reach a long-term contract agreement . On the field you have to believe Cruz is capable of another 80+ catch, 1,000-yard receiving season. The question is can the return to health of Nicks and the development of Rueben Randle loosen up defenses enough to allow Cruz to make more explosive plays than he did in 2012?
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Though that may make it seem like the sides are close, the details and the guaranteed money are not known and neither side seems to believe a deal is imminent. So there is no guarantee that Cruz will show up for the start of training camp at the Meadowlands on July 26 although now that he is signed, he is subject to fines of $30,000 per day if he doesnt report. As significant as those fines are for a player who made a total of $1.3 million during his first three NFL seasons, they still are much less than the potential loss of money he was facing on Monday. The NFLs collective bargaining agreement allows teams a one-day-only option to reduce RFA tenders to 110% of the players previous year salary. Cruz made $540,000 in salary last season, but since 110% of that is less than the NFL minimum salary for a fourth-year player, his tender could only be reduced to $630,000. According to at least one source familiar with the Giants plans, the team had not ruled out reducing the tender, and its believed it informed Cruzs agents that it was at least a possibility. However, many people around the NFL were skeptical about whether the Giants would actually do so when the deadline hit. Regardless, the possibility was enough to get Cruz to blink and buy both sides some time to work out a long-term deal for a player who has 168 catches, 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns in the last two seasons. If a deal cant be worked out, the Paterson, N.J., product will be on track to be an unrestricted free agent next March at the same time fellow Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is set to hit unrestricted free agency.
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No charges for MJD Since the start of the controversy surrounding Maurice Jones-Drew ‘s alleged assault case, many have wondered whether or not Jones-Drew would be officially charged. On Tuesday, reports stated that he would not face charges for his alleged involvement in the incident. He’s currently recovering from an injury in an attempt to be 100 percent by the start of training camp. Cowboys, Spencer no longer talking extension Anthony Spencer is set to play the upcoming season under the franchise tag. Initially, the Cowboys were talking with Spencer on an extension to lower that initial contract number and keep him for the coming seasons, but on Tuesday, reports stated that the two sides have broken off extension talks. At this point, it seems a long-term deal is unlikely. As noted at Blogging the Boys , it might actually be a smart move by the Cowboys: This looks like a situation where there wasn’t really a loser, just not a deal that everyone could agree to. The team should get a good year out of Spencer, and then be able to make their decision on what to do next based on more information and less uncertainty than now.
Victor Cruz kept workout intensity up
Mel Evans/AP Sean Donellan says that he and Victor Cruz worked out for about two hours a day in a program designed to improve Cruzs power and movement. Itll be as if hes been training with the team all along. Its funny, Donellan said. He gets all these appearances and obviously hes trying to capitalize on that stuff to the best of his abilities. But hes very good at organizing and prioritizing his time, and hes very, very good at staying grounded. Hes never lost sight of whats gotten him there, what made him successful. And hes dedicated to that. Donellan told The News that he and Cruz worked out for about two hours a day in a program designed to improve Cruzs power and movement. He also designed the program with an eye on preventing any muscle pulls when the 26-year-old finally returns to the practice field.
Victor Cruz mirrors NY Giants workouts while holding out for bigger deal
Theyll have it all figured out well before Week 1. As NFP alludes to, a lot of Cruz’s value is tied up in the ongoing contract negotiations with the Giants. If he’s there week one and if Hakeem Nicks is healthy alongside of him then the value is absolutely there. If, however, negotiations linger late into training camp or become a distraction during the season, or if Nicks is unhealthy and unable to play, Cruz’s value could, potentially, drop significantly. Speaking of Nicks, you’ll notice he is absent from this list. In fact, he’s not even a sleeper or honorable mention. And that’s just fantasy football for you. Given that he’s been able to play a full 16 game season, missed all of the team’s Organized Team Activities (OTAs), has lingering injury (foot) concerns and may also be negotiating a long-term deal, he’s not a “sure enough” bet for all the hardcore fantasy players out there. Odds are quarterback Eli Manning won’t be on many “top whatever” fantasy lists, either.
Its funny. He gets all these appearances and obviously hes trying to capitalize on that stuff to the best of his abilities. But hes very good at organizing and prioritizing his time, and hes very, very good at staying grounded. Hes never lost sight of whats gotten him there, what made him successful. And hes dedicated to that. Donellan has done the usual physical training, and has also brought in other football players to simulate what Cruz has been missing while skipping voluntary and mandatory workouts before he signed his one-year, $2.879 million tender. Among those players were former NFL quarterback Mike Teel, so there was a chance for Cruz to run routes and catch passes. Wed find him different quarterbacks to work with. Obviously theyre not Eli, but, .