Star New York Giants Wide Receiver Victor Cruz finalized a long term contract on Monday, which will keep the Patterson New Jersey native in a Giants uniform for at least the next six years.
Sources close to Cruz have reported that the new deal is for five years, $43 million, and includes the first-round restricted free-agent tender worth $2.879 million that Cruz signed in June after months of stalled negotiations over a long-term extension. Bringing the final numbers to six years $45.879 million – $15.6 million guaranteed.
Cruz, 26, is coming off of two outstanding seasons with Big Blue, posting a total of 168 catches for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns.
The contract is one that will serve both sides very well. While Cruz gets the long term security that undrafted players rarely receive, the team friendly contract worth under $8 million per year, will still allow the Giants to pursue an even bigger deal for Wide Receiver Hakeen Nicks, whom the Giants are most likley going to be resigning next season.
If the Giants cannot come to terms with Nicks, the team will still be under the cap enough to exercise the franchise tag on him. Ultimately the move to bring back Cruz at an affordable price means that The New York Giants, and Quarterback Eli Manning, will have a talented core of offensive players for years to come.