Found November 04, 2012 on
New York Sports-Kings:
The title of Victor Cruz’s autobiography, Out of the Blue, perfectly describes the saga of the young receiver. After showing signs in his first preseason game against the Jets two years ago, Cruz didn’t break out until last season when he was one of the biggest surprises of not only the season, but maybe in NFL history.
Cruz went on to have a record breaking season for the Giants last year and has picked up right where he left off this season. Currently, it can be argued that Cruz is playing the best football amongst all wide receivers in the league. This is why it is imperative that the Giants sign Cruz to a contract extension now before he can get to free agency in the offseason.
It has been reported throughout the week that a “structure” for a new contract has been agreed on between Cruz and the Giants. The word “structure” must be pretty broad because CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora has reported on Sunday that the sides are not close but are “optimistic” that a deal will be worked out before year’s end.
Victor Cruz (80) makes a catch against the Seahawks last year when he had a record breaking season. This season he is on pace to do just as good if not better than last season. PHOTO COURTESY: KATHY VITULANO/CREATIVE COMMONS
It is clearly too early for Giants fan’s to be panicking about this situation but this is a move that the organization must make. Cruz is only 25 years old with his 26th birthday fast approaching on Nov. 11 (Happy early birthday Victor). He already had a record breaking season last year and this year he is on pace to have a season that is equally as good if not better.
The point of all this is that Cruz isn’t even in the prime of his career yet. This means that he actually should keep improving over the next few years. The thought of Cruz becoming an even better receiver is scary for opposing teams, and would be scary for the Giants if they fail to sign him.
Besides his play on the field, Cruz is also a member of this new breed of receiver that is humble and doesn’t demand the ball every play. The NFL is so accustom to seeing receivers run their mouths such as TO or Chad Johnson. Unfortunately, talking hast gotten those two players run out of the league with no championships to their name.
Cruz, along with other receivers such as Larry Fitzgerald, are part of a new breed that let their play do the talking and focus more on the team than the individual. It’s a trait that should not go unnoticed by the Giants because Cruz will be a great receiver that will not give you the headache like many other receivers around the league.
The unselfishness that he shows makes Cruz more valuable because he can be seen as one of the faces of the organization. Obviously, this is Eli Manning’s team but Cruz is the second most recognizable player on the Giants. The Giants can look at this hometown kid (born and raised in Paterson, NJ) as a player that can grow the fan base even larger than it already is.
With all this being said, the Giants are a class organization that knows the right moves to make. It would be very surprising if they did not realize what Cruz means to the team. They very rarely let contract negotiations get dramatic (unless your name is Osi Umenyiora) so fans should not expect this situation to get sticky.
Cruz is just looking for the “chips” to go with his salsa. With a new contract, Giants fans should be enjoying Cruz’s salsa for quite some time.
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