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Wide receiver Victor Cruz and the New York Giants reportedly agreed to a five year, $43 million contract extension Monday. The deal, which is to be officially signed on Tuesday, will pay Cruz $15.6 million in guaranteed money.
Along with the $2.9 million Cruz was already guaranteed in 2013, a reported $9.5 million signing bonus brings the deal’s total value over $45 million.
Cruz, who was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2010, becomes the highest paid receiver in team history.
The now three year veteran is on pace to be one of the most successful undrafted players in NFL history. Cruz has stacked 2,600 receiving yards into his first three seasons as a professional. All of which were gathered in 2011 and 2012. Cruz was unable to record a single yard in his rookie season.
Cruz couldn’t be happier with the result.
“I think my deal is tremendous,” Cruz told the NY Daily News. “I think it’s definitely a great deal. I don’t want to be anywhere else. I don’t want to play anywhere else.”
“Financially my family is set for the rest of my life,” he continued. “That’s all I could ask for.”
Cruz’s Cinderella story has humbled him thus far. He has hope to avoid the financial instability of former players like Warren Sapp, or Terrell Owens.
“My whole life has been a blessing,” Cruz told the New York Times. “I’ve come a long way.”
It is refreshing to hear a player talking about a life outside of football. Not looking to get paid like a super star, instead just looking for enough to support a family.
“It wasn’t about being the highest-paid,” Cruz went on. “It was about comfort and security. It was about taking care of my family.”
“It was important for me to stay in the area so I can be a role model for my community and all the people who look up to me. There’s a lot I can do in that way.”
Too many players waste their millions on fancy oddities and end up in trouble at the end of their career. Cruz is already laying out his future. He is laying out plans to help his family and the community that turned him into a millionaire. All this and papers have not even been signed yet.
It is a character that too many NFL stars lack.
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The New York Giants were confident that they’d sign wide
receiver Victor Cruz to a contract extension prior to the start of the season.
While the process was dragged out through the offseason, a deal was finally
reached between Cruz and the Giants, as the team announced yesterday that the
wide out received a five-year, $43 million extension.
The extension will be added to Cruz’s...
The New York Giants and wide receiver Victor Cruz have agreed to terms on a six-year deal.
Cruz’s new deal with the Giants is worth $45.879 million and gives the team control of him though 2018.
Initially Cruz, 26, was said to be seeking close to $10 million annually after notching his second consecutive 1000 yard season.
The Giants were unwilling to meet Cruz’s initial demands...
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As you can see from this photo taken by Paul Schrager of FOXSports.com, New York Giants wide reciever Victor Cruz quickly made his way to the Giants facility to sign his new contract extension.
It looks like Cruz feels like he’s on top of the world now that he’ll be making about $8 million a year to go along with $15 million in guaranteed money.
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Per a ProFootballTalk source with knowledge of the negotiations, the New York Giants and wideout Victor Cruz are “very close” to finalizing along-term deal for the Pro Bowl receiver.
The source says the deal could come very soon. Even as early as Monday afternoon.
Cruz, 26, has been an instant spark plug for the Giants offense since coming into the league. In just two professional...
Jay Glazer first reported that the New York Giants and wide receiver Victor Cruz agreed on a five-year deal worth up to $43 million.
The new extension will go on top of his current one-year tender, with the grand total being worth $45.879 million and keeping him on the roster through the 2018 season.
Now Curz’s deal is a bit different than most, the deal fully-guarantees him $15...
Victor Cruz and the New York Giants agreed to a contract extension on Monday — finally.
After months of back and forth between the two sides, Cruz and the Giants hit an accord on a five-year, $43 million extension that will keep the Pro Bowl receiver in New York through 2018, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. Add that extension onto the one-year, $2.8 million tender that...
Wide receiver Victor Cruz will continue to hit his end zone salsa and throw up “The Roc diamond” for five more seasons with the New York Giants. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that Cruz and the Giants have agreed to a five-year $43 million deal.
Giants and Victor Cruz have agreed to terms on new 5-yr extension for $43 million on top of his 1 yr tender. Expected to sign...
According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the New York Giants and wide receiver Victor Cruz have agreed to a five-year, $43 million contract extension.
Giants and Victor Cruz have agreed to terms on new 5-yr extension for $43 million on top of his 1 yr tender. Expected to sign it by tomorrow
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) July 8, 2013
So all in all, that's six years, $45.879 million...
Now that the New York Giants have locked up Victor Cruz with a long-term contract, they’ll likely turn their attention to Hakeem Nicks.
According to the New York Daily News, Nicks sounds “lukewarm” when it comes to signing an extension before the end of this season.
The Giants would also like to re-sign Nicks at some point, but preliminary talks with his agent went nowhere...
Season 3, Episode 117 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I start of by talking about the new contract signed Monday by New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz as it relates to the one that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown signed last year in training camp. That discussion leads to us talking more about young receivers such as Cruz that are probably...