Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/13/13
Talks have once again slowed down between the New York Giants and Victor Cruz as both sides are trying to reach an agreement to have Cruz in New York for a long time. As the negotiations continue, it harkens back memories of last year when another New York team was in talks with a restricted free agent and one source even said “They will match any offer on him up to 1 billion dollars.” Yes, I am talking about Jeremy Lin. Last summer, the biggest talk in New York was whether or not the Knicks would make an offer or match any offer Lin signed. According to an abundant amount of sources, it seemed as if Linsanity would stay in New York and be the slated as the future for the Knicks. Instead, Lin signed the Rockets offer sheet, which was a lot more than the Knicks expected and ultimately jumped ship to Houston after the Knicks refused to match the offer. What happened next was the Knicks turned into a retirement home and brought in veterans to complement their big three of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler. Now, the Knicks enter title-less, defeated, and looking for new players. It might have been different if they kept Lin. Can you imagine the New York Giants without Victor Cruz? Picture it. No salsa dance after touchdown. No CRUZ! after every reception.No production from the offense. No playoff hopes. This wasn’t supposed to happen to an undrafted free agent. Not much was talked about Lin during college and not much was talked about him during his time as a benchwarmer to say the least. Until he showed he can play in the grandest stage of them all, Madison Square Garden, and shocked the world. Not much was talked about Cruz during college and not much was talked about him during workouts and preseason football. Until he shocked everyone with a stunning performance against the Jets in the preseason. During the offseason for the Knicks, the Knicks said they wanted Lin back in New York. The Giants said they wanted Cruz in New York. See the comparison? In actuality, Victor Cruz is the Jeremy Lin of the Giants. He is a player that wasn’t given the spotlight and took it unexpectedly. And now, the Giants and him can’t seem to negotiate on a contract. Sound familiar, New Yorkers? The Giants need to realize Cruz is no Jeremy Lin. He isn’t a player that shined one night and is now your average everyday player. No, he is a superstar and he is a talent that helped bring a Super Bowl to the franchise. Last season, Cruz was the go-to receiver for Manning. He totaled 1,092 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns as Hakeem Nicks struggled with injuries and Rueben Randle started coming around towards the end of the season. This season, Cruz will have a healthy Nicks albeit an injury during workouts and Randle will break out for the Giants this season. Cruz has proven his worth in a banner year and in a dismal year. While many believe Nicks is the number one receiver, Cruz has shown he is the most productive wide receiver for the New York Giants and injuries have not plagued him unlike Nicks. On any other team, Cruz would be the number one option for any quarterback. Cruz is the future of the Giants and he was a steal in the draft. Not anymore. Now, he is a guarantee–a guarantee threat for any team and a guaranteed positive addition to anytime.The Giants can’t afford to lose such a prominent player a such a figurehead not just for their team, but for the city of New York. He’s not a one-hit wonder, he’s a wonder-boy and with him, the Giants will have many more year of success to come. Related articles New York Giants: Time to step up, Rueben Randle

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