Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 3/14/13
Victor Cruz can really do whatever the heck he wants next offseason if he chooses to accept the New York Giants first-round tender. He is guaranteed to make at least $2.879 million in 2013, but is hoping to make more via free agency. However, teams reluctant to give up a first-round pick to the Giants in exchange for a slot receiver. What is making matters worse for Cruz this offseason is that Wes Welker signed for below market value to play for the Broncos. Welker even left money on the table from a reported deal that was offered to him by the Titans. Here’s the thing about Cruz, he’s not as good as Welker, at least not yet. Welker is, for all intents and purposes, the best slot receiver in the NFL. It is almost impossible to argue with based upon the numbers. Yes, playing with #12 has helped his cause over the last 5 years, but nobody has ever had 5-straight seasons with 100 receptions besides Welker. If you try to argue that Welker’s numbers are a reflection of playing with Brady, then the same could be said of Victor Cruz playing with Eli Manning. What has Steve Smith done [...]
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