Victor Cruz, who has gained much popularity in a short period of time as a receiver for the New York Giants, recently signed a six-year contract worth upwards of $45 million –$15.6 million guaranteed — to stay with the Giants. Apparently Cruz believes he should have gotten more, per some comments he recently made on Sirius Radio:
“I’m not going to lie, it’s tough. It’s tough. When you understand from a numbers standpoint, and the numbers you put up you feel like deserve a certain amount of money.
“But I’m not going to say it’s easy when you see guys getting these huge paydays and you feel like you’re at the same caliber, if not better than some of those guys.”
While Cruz does have a valid point and maybe could have gotten more money on the open market, you can’t ignore the reality that he’s only been productive for two seasons. Although the undrafted yet talented slot receiver has put up the second most receiving yards in that span — 168 catches for 2,628 yards to be exact — his contract is comparable to the one established veteran Greg Jennings got from Minnesota, which is worth abut $47.5 million with $18 million in guaranteed money.
Cruz may not be getting the type of money that Mike Wallace got from the desperate Miami Dolphins ($60 mil, $27 million guaranteed), but the deal he signed with the Giants seems fair, given Cruz’s experience level.
All in all, if Cruz feels that he should have gotten a better deal, then he should have held out. Complaining about a contract that you chose to sign after the fact is a tad bit pointless.
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