Found June 15, 2013 on NFL Draft Zone:
PLAYERS: Victor Cruz
TEAMS: New York Giants
Victor Cruz thought he had all the sense in the world after he fired his second agent, but was that the right decision? I have been watching this matter quite a bit, because Victor Cruz is a player my kids both look up to because he is Puerto Rican.  While Victor seemed like a very good person, his love for money ultimately changed his motives in life, and his bonds he had set in place. After firing his agent, he went on to become the first NFL player to hook up with Jay Z and Roc-Nation.  While everyone wanted to know more about the situation, it seems like Victor Cruz was promised quite a bit to sign with Jay Z and CAA sports agency. Cruz’s old agent was working constantly trying to get Victor the best money possible by negotiating with the Giants and it seemed like Victor was not happy with the negotiations, for whatever reason.  So today we are finding out that the Giants ultimately held the final offer.  The Giants took control of the money situation and played hard ball with their star receiver. Cruz signed his first-round restricted free-agent tender of $2.87 million with the New York Giants on Friday, three days before the team had the option to slash his tender to $630,000. NFL.com’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Friday that the Giantshad planned to do just that, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s plans. It’s a hardball stance by the Giants, and it makes you think Cruz headed to the team facility knowing full well that negotiations were going to take a darker turn if he didn’t sign the dotted line. So what we learned is that Victor Cruz will be heading to the New York Giants camp to sign a first round tender worth a measly 2.879 million. According to Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com, reports coming out of the Victor Cruz camp say a training camp holdout is a very real possibility. Cruz will sign his one-year, $2.879 million restricted free agency tender in hopes of getting a long-term deal done. Cruz stayed away from OTAs and mandatory minicamp, but now that he’s under contract a holdout could be quite costly. Cruz was hoping for an 11 million dollar a year contract, while he could be worth it, it now seems his numbers have came down quite a bit.  According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the Giants latest offer to Victor Cruz is for an average of $8 million per season, but Cruz won’t settle for less than $9 million. After months of talking and a switch of agents, though, the two sides aren’t much closer than they’ve been for the last few weeks. According to one source who has been in contact with Cruz’s camp, the Giants’ latest offer is worth an average of more than $8 million per season. But word is that Cruz, who was once looking to be paid the $11 million per year that No. 1 receivers have been getting in free agency lately, is refusing to settle for anything less an average of $9 million. With a still sizeable gap – and possibly a more significant gap in guaranteed money – there is no guarantee that Cruz will have a long-term deal in place before training camp opens on July 26. Honestly, I am still lost when I look at this situation because to be honest, Victor Cruz fired his agent, to get exactly what he was being offered before firing his agent.  His numbers have came down quite a bit, so it seems as if CAA(n’t) get you more money after all. Right now it seems as Victor Cruz is stuck in between a ROC and a hard place………..
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  • Do you go to a roofer to get your car fixed? Or a computer technician to fix your plumbing problem? Then why on earth would you go to a phucking Rapper to get you the best contract in the NFL. Of course he made the wrong decision hiring this assshole jayz, he needs an agent who knows his job, and he needs to know his limits. He isn't getting 11 million a year, PERIOD!!! He should just sign for the 8 million and get his asss back to work...he can make another 10 mil in endorsements in New York but he is starting to really PISS people off with this BS.
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