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Victor Cruz Wants Big Raise After Posting Back-To-Back Stellar Seasons

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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.

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23 Responses to “Victor Cruz Wants Big Raise After Posting Back-To-Back Stellar Seasons”

  1. John R Pyles

    Am I wrong but the Giants didn't make the super-bowl this year did they? Obviously Mr. Cruz is a superstar but the arrogant jack-ss isn't the only player on the team.

  2. Brett Nelms

    Well he deserves it. He runs around after a ball while people are struggling.

  3. Grant Taylor

    You signed a contract so suck it up. Hey here is a better deal we will pay your per yard as you get older and hurt we will take that out of your pay shithead. Us regular people get paid a salary and if we do great or ok job we just get the same pay butt wipe…..

  4. Jeremy Anderson

    He is due to make $500,000 next year you dont think one of the best receivers in the league deserves a raise?

  5. Jeremy Anderson

    So if he does well he cant ask for more money but if he does bad the and there is still time left on his contract the team can just cut him. So he is a sh*thead for trying to get as much money for his family as he can/is worth.

  6. Eddie Gardipee

    be happy you have a job, all these athletes are a bunch of greedy assholes.

  7. Anonymous

    He is mediocre at best. And he has one of the goofiest td celebrations I have ever seen.

  8. Tiffani Capri

    Stop it with that "Us regular people". At one point in time, many of the almost 1700 players in the NFL were "regular people". He shouldn't seek a pay raise for being the teams top receiver because YOU aren't getting paid a high enough salary in your field of work? Please. If your life is lame, how is that HIS fault or the fault of any pro athlete? That job was open to those who have the skill/talent. If that wasn't you OH WELL.

  9. Tiffani Capri

    You make no sense. Why should he lower his price in his field of work to make others feel better about their struggles? That's like you not taking a promotion at your job because there are people who are homeless. If you were seeking one, and it was considered, you wouldn't refuse a pay increase at your job. Why should Cruz? There are plenty of people struggling, and they would still be struggling if Victor Cruz wasn't in the NFL.

  10. Lisa Bobo

    I agree he's a tad bit arrogant at best, he's not even on one of the teams that made the Superbowl. He needs a reality slap in the face……;)Stuck up snob!

  11. Anonymous

    Arrogant? Whats wrong with you people, you don't even know the guy, hes no different from you dummies going into your bosses office and asking for a raise and pointing out your good points.

  12. Anonymous

    Tiffani Capri well said, These people are the biggest hypocrites in the world, they would step on their mamas back to get a raise or a promotion.

  13. Anonymous

    Football is a dangerous and violent sport, tomorrow he can blow his knee up in practice and never get paid. are you going to give him 30 million dollar, if he blows his knees?

  14. Anonymous

    2,682 yards with 20 td's in 2 years, if that's mediocre i'll wish my team gets him. I think you should follow tennis or Badminton or something.