Victor Cruz wants a big raise from the New York Giants after playing the last two season as one of the top receivers in the game.
The demand for a big pay raise comes after Victor Cruz posted 86 catches for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. In 2011, he set a single-season record for the Giants with 1,536 yards.
“I think I have definitely proven myself to be one of the highest compensated receivers in the league,” Cruz said. “That’s kind of the way that I feel and my team feels, not only on the field, but as well as what I bring to the Giants as a brand and as an activist and person in the community. I think all of that taken into account; I’m definitely not asking for much as far as what’s on the table.”
If Cruz wants a big raise, the Giants may have some difficult complying, The SportsXchange noted. The team is $4.2 million over the salary cap going into the offseason, and has 22 players set to hit free agency.
Team owner John Mara said he wants Cruz back, but isn’t just going to give the wide receiver whatever he asks for. From Jenny Vrentas of NJ.com:
“We certainly want him back, but like with any player, there’s a limit to where we’re going to go,” Mara said. “He’s been a terrific player for us, he’s a fan favorite, he does a lot for our franchise, but there is a limit.”
Mara made clear that there is a limit with any player, because of the salary cap and needs elsewhere on the roster. But it sounds like there is a financial disconnect between the sides, even though during the season Cruz said there was a “structure” in place for a new contract.
Asked if Cruz’s asking price is unreasonable, Mara said, “Well, right now, but that’s his agent. But that’s what agents do, and we’ve got a lot of time to work something out, and hopefully we’ll be able to come together.”
So while Victor Cruz wants a big raise, it may have to wait. Because he is a restricted free agent, the team can still tender him this season and work on signing a long-term deal during the season.