New York Giants Release WR Victor Cruz

Feb 14, 2017, 00:38
New York Giants Release WR Victor Cruz

But even if the Titans draft a talented wide receiver in the first round, they could still benefit from adding a veteran wide receiver like Cruz.

Mike Garafolo of NFL.com posted on Twitter that the Giants were unlikely to keep Cruz given his $7.5 million salary. The Giants are expected to officially announce Cruz's release later Monday, the source told Schefter.

That same season, the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI, where Cruz caught a touchdown before breaking out his signature salsa dance moves.

Cruz played in 15 games with the Giants last season, catching 39 passes for 586 yards and one touchdown. He wasn't the explosive player he had been, and instead of being the star he was the third option in the passing attack.

He did things right on the field, becoming one of the Giants' greatest receivers after an unexpected beginning. His vision and decisiveness took a major step back this season and while he wasn't given clear running lanes, he didn't create much on his own.

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According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN New York, the Giants have responded to those issues by parting ways with veteran running back Rashad Jennings.

Unfortunately for Cruz, the rest of the season didn't play out quite as much like a storybook as fans had hoped.

The 31-year old back averaged a mere 3.3 yards per carry this past season after he rushed for a career-best 863 yards in 2015, when he picked up 4.4 yards a pop. Jennings was in NY for three years after signing as a free agent prior to the 2014 season.

Cruz had 23 receptions for 337 yards and one touchdown in six games before the injury. Rookie draft picks Pharoh Cooper and Mike Thomas weren't integrated into the offense until well, well late into the season, a factor somewhat influenced by former Head Coach Jeff Fisher's penchant for avoiding rookie playing time early in their first National Football League year.

Overall I'd say it's doubtful that Tennessee decides to take a flyer on Cruz. "I'll definitely be searching and looking for work as the time comes".