Cruz’ Contract Terms Set: 6 Years, $45.879 Million, $15.6 Million Guaranteed

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The debate is over. WR Victor Cruz has signed a long-term deal with his hometown team, The New York Football Giants…From Rotoworld:

The Giants agreed to terms with WR Victor Cruz on a six-year, $45.879 million contract.
FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reports the deal contains $15.6 million guaranteed. Per our contract database, Cruz is now the NFL’s 17th-highest-paid wide receiver in annual average ($7.65 million). The G-Men have Cruz under control through his age-31 season, and he’ll be able to hit free agency in 2019. It’s a great deal for the Giants, who balked at paying Cruz’s initial demands of close to $10 million per year. Cruz emerged as the NFL’s premier speed-slot receiver in 2011, finishing as the No. 4 fantasy wideout. He ranked 13th in 2012 and is locked in as a high-end WR2 entering the 2013 campaign.

This deal was hanging out there for awhile. Looks like Cruz’ reps blinked first, since the deal averages out to be worth $7.64 mil per season not the $9 million they were hoping for. But it’s the guaranteed portion that holds the water in football contracts.

Cruz will benefit more endorsement-wise from being in New York, so that will more than offset any difference his agents were looking for over time.

Cruz signed his contract today at the Timex Performance Center and is glad to have this part of the process over.

“I feel relief,” he said. “I feel I can just kick back and play football again.”

So is GM Jerry Reese:

“We are pleased to have this behind us. Now Victor can focus on football. Training camp is approaching quickly, and we all have a lot of work to do to get back where we want to be.”

What does this mean for Hakeem Nicks? It’s only good for him if he comes out in 2013 and puts up some big numbers. If he’s healthy, that should happen. If he has a subpar season, the Giants may take their chances and let him test the free agent market next March.




43 comments
Bill Alefeld
Bill Alefeld

question is how long does Capuano have....3, 4, 5 losses?????

Dave SchuItz
Dave SchuItz

Two loses to leads blown, please God lets not let that trend come back

dinbigd
dinbigd

My basic notes on game.....team flat(coaching/captain)...PP brutal again(coaching)....Halak brutal but did it really take Cappy that long to notice?/should've been pulled after 3rd goal.....I fast forwarded most of game when it became 4-2 Isles at that point were done...Is Grabo that important to team??? They look lost w/o him....enough w/ these experiments w/ Clutterbuck,Conacher,Mcdonald they are all bottom 6 forwards that should have very limited roles if any....Lee deserves his shot now ready or not ....Cappy still leaves a lot to be desired...Do I hear Babcock chants????.......Is the Nov swoon starting earlier this year?....JT/KO must step up their games.....Is Halak just off a bit right now or is he really that bad on blocker side?

finnmaccul
finnmaccul

Jeez,    I wish some of you knuckleheads would knock off bashing each other and spend more time analyzing what's going wrong and/or right with OUR TEAM.  A lot of times you guys come up with some pretty interesting suggestions for repairs, line combinations, etc.  It's a little scary that it's only game 7 and we seem like we're at a crossroad already.  These guys need a couple of glasses of tiger milk. 

Cooper12
Cooper12

They beat Carolina twice (they have no wins); they beat the Rangers (thanks to some guy named Koska continuously handed them the puck and despite being toyed with in the 2nd period); and had a very impressive win over the Sharks. Hmmmm wonder what the record would be if Koska didn't play and the Isles didn't open with two gift games.

dimaio34
dimaio34

In a little irritated about last night. Although I feel the effort was there. Those pucks never should have never gone in. If halak stops those we win. It gives the team confidence to go the other way a get one ourselves. McDonald had to go. There is no way justifying his spot in the roster. Conacher is my guy but he's not skilled enogh for a top line. He had the speed though. Really missing grabbo. He's a very valuable piece. There is one major problem her and it's mental. It's been a issue for 4 years now. They really sank after the fluke goal in the first. Our boys need to get over the hump mentally before anything else. And that's where if the coach can't do it. The vets like boychuk and leddy will. I just think cappy is not the guy. Same issue that the blues had. Davis Payne gets replaced with Hitchcock. And they are a force. My favourite choices are Brent sutter or mike Keenan. Experience guys who demand respect.

Kevin Sharkey
Kevin Sharkey

So far, besides the 2nd period against the Rags, I'm not impressed with Halak. In every game but 1 he has let in AT LEAST 3 goals. About half the goals he has let in were soft and should have been easy saves.  So far he isnt playing any better than Nabby did for us last season. I think its time for Crapuano to bench him a few games and play Johnson. Send a message.

isles23
isles23

I've said I had no problem with Lee in the minors, and I don't, but if we continue to see any sluggish play he should be brought up and put in lineup as motivation. To let these guys know you have to work to keep your job.

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

Hey Cap how about sitting Bailey and Colin. JT said it best some players played soft! While the coach said i agree with John, but we played a decent game! really??? what a joke!

Chris Molloy
Chris Molloy

All teams lose two in a row during the season, but the Isles pedigree makes us all worried. A win in Boston makes Isle fans feel better, another loss and people in Buffalo including Ted Nolan are getting the Hockey Package. "Buffalo with the1st pick in the 2015 Draft acquired from NY Islanders select Connor McDavid" Yikes

shlo
shlo

Stop "hoping" and talking. Just go out and play hard 60 minutes. They all say the "right" things, the problem it is not translated into action ON THE ICE.

Vincent Miele
Vincent Miele

"Head coach wasn't overly agitated..."  Winning is a culture and if you are going to be a winning team, any loss is simply unacceptable.  Until they get that attitude, and have a coach with that attitude, nothing will change here.  And for the most part, they've played pretty bad in 2nd periods...would've lost that Rags game had Halak not been sharp in that 2nd period, lost the Pens game in 2nd period, and yesterday, well you saw what happened.  60 minutes of hockey, nothing less will do.

nfive
nfive

I can see the Isles remaining inconsistent and streaky, in terms of wins and loses, for the time being.

It seems that Cappy has been freaked out with having depth, and is subsequently having trouble making serious line decisions/changes. Can anyone tell me why he didn't simply replace Grabbo (say with Lee), and keep the lines otherwise untouched? (Not that Conacher on 1st line is ideal).

If it isn't broken, don't try and fix it Cappy!

jepliberty
jepliberty

Oops didn't know it had words like that in it

tonelli27
tonelli27

@all the liar who goes by the name of rmbbanned banned who denied he posted on newsday currently has several posts on newsday which btw are word for word mirrors of posts here. So if he tells u hes not over there he's lying.

islesfan77
islesfan77

Saying "this is not good enough" does not mean a thing if they do not do anything to address it.
 

They have to play 60 minutes of the hockey game.

elephant
elephant

I would just like to agree with everything you said. That is all...

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

Whoa! I would say Halak has been much better than Nabby.

isles23
isles23

That includes our untouchables of JT and KO. Love those guys but when was the last time you saw one lay a solid check? And especially KO a guy that is supposed to be a power forward.

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

@Vincent Miele "would've lost that Rags game had Halak not been sharp in that 2nd period"

That's exactly what Halak wasn't in the 2nd period last night..."sharp" and it cost the Islanders.

rmbbanned
rmbbanned

@toni- if only I knew what you were writing about..

If you actually went onto Newsday and created a comment account with my "handle" on it, your a most pathetic human being. I'm pretty certain a fast review of the account activity would indicate it was created in the last 24 hours..

But your efforts in trying to discredit my opinion here are rather telling. Why my opinion is such a threat to you and the Boy Scout troop escapes me.

rmbbanned
rmbbanned

@isles- Yep, the young captain needs to up his game on the ice ( 5 on 5) and off the ice.

shlo
shlo

@Isleguy27 He should have been pulled after the 3rd goal. You could see it in his body language. I saw it from where I sat.

And I know that usually you don't do it, not when it is 3:2 and have "hopes"

tonelli27
tonelli27

@rm yep the young captain who's had one linemate after another for 4-5-6 yrs now who has to break in one every yr and wet nurse a 5'8" journeyman until he goes to the coach and probably demands a change. Are u blaming our superstar?? Is that in the handbook at islandia?? What page, I'd like to see it.

rmbbanned
rmbbanned

@elephant- calling Conacher absent, is insulting to the absent.

It is up to the coach to determine if the effort is there, and not the results. Or if it just isn't working. Who goes into that spot is an interesting question. The team is short Grabbo, and Grabs.

Nelson plays with JT and KO on the top power play unit.

But that means reshuffling the second line when Grabbo gets back. And where did Grabs fit into all of this before he got hurt- because I don't see him as a healthy scratch.

Because Grabs isn't playing, he became the forgotten man. But if healthy, where would he line up, who would shifted around, and who would be sitting?

For some reason, everybody thinks these lines are permanent, rather then the result of an injury to a middle 6 forward-Grabner.

alarbour11
alarbour11

@elephant @rmbbanned and his coach by the name of fred flintstone has his head up his as*    and doesnt know what a time out is

rmbbanned
rmbbanned

@al- yeah, that's me, Charles Wang. I'm a billionaire who is just slumming it with the the disenfranchised, ignorant, and poor souls on this site. You fit that bill?

Hey AL, if your idea of an insult is labeling me a billionaire, your pretty chucking( ha- Chuck as in Charles) stoopid.

But if I am looking for a guy who can't work the "CAP LOCK" key or refers to his grandmother in his posts as you did last thread, you are my go to guy...

So really, you want eat out of my garbage.

ghostfritz
ghostfritz

@tonelli27 

ton...while we agree on many things ...and I do agree about conacher and the merry go round of wings jt has had to play with....BUT I recall many a time last year you and I wanting jt held more accountable...we both argued its time he steps up as a 2 way player and captain....just because rm now agrees with us..im not going to change an argument  we pushed quite often just cause rm see's it too...he's right jt needs to step it up...every game all year long..

that said ..the entire team stunk last night except maybe strome..everyone else from cappy on down was dissapionting

ghostfritz
ghostfritz

@tonelli27 

ton...while we agree on any things ...and I do agree about conacher and the merry go round of wings jt has had to play with....BUT I recall many a time lat year you and I wanting jt held more accountable...we both argued its time he steps up as a 2 way player and captain....just because rm now agrees with us..im not going to change an argument  we pushed quite often just cause rm see's it too...he's right jt needs to step it up...everygame all year long..

rmbbanned
rmbbanned

@ toni- well this is awkward, for you. I just found another chapter for the book: " Stoopid like Toni"

Below is your post from 60 minutes ago, taken from the 5-2 isles suffer bad loss here at IPB..

"@islesfan77 im looking to pick a fight but haven't we heard that before?? And u know to be brutally honest jt was horrible on Saturday and not much better tonight despite the pp goal."

Oh my, this is awkward:

" brutally honest jt was horrible on Saturday, and not much better tonight despite the power play goal."

Did you just blame the superstar for being horrible on Saturday, and not much the better next game- but have a problem with me doing the same?

PS: the best way to pick a fight, is start off your post with "im looking to pick a fight". Go ahead, take a look at the first poorly capitalized phrase in your post.

For Halloween Toni- you got the hard part done. Just wear a "dunce" cap and stand in the corner. The rest of the role, you got mastered.

You want your cyber teeth back, or you gonna really push that look "Dunce" and go toothless?

Your better off Beavis, not wandering alone on these boards. Weak minds make for cyber cannon fodder.

rmbbanned
rmbbanned

@toni- Did he have a strong game tonight?

Is this a chapter in the book: "Stoopid like Toni" :

Not the chapter that tells us:"Reinhart is a failure because other guys in his draft class are in the NHL".

Maybe the chapter "Can't critic The Captain when he has a bad game, because his feelings might get hurt".

Interesting book. I should review some of your posts and build an actual book. Thanks for the inspiration Beavis.

tonelli27
tonelli27

@rm caught u on newsday, lol.

elephant
elephant

@alarbour11. Yeah, Cappy trying to sugar coat the loss doesn't help him either. I was at the game, and they played like they were all high. I guess Cappy had been smoking something too. There was no energy or rhythm to their game at all.

Hopefully they will play more like they did against the Sharks when they're in Boston.

rmbbanned
rmbbanned

@al- um okay..not using a time out cost the isles the game. The fact the goalie gave up 4 goals on 10 shots doesn't matter.

This was the SIXTH game of the season, so maybe facing a little adversity, and learning how to overcome it in a game situation might have been a good experience for this unit. Or was it life and death, the season on the line right here in week 2 of the NHL season. All 82 games can't be EPIC MUST WINS- or the season is over with 76 left to play. Only so much water in that well.

HINT- calling me a billionaire, isn't an insult.

rmbbanned
rmbbanned

@ghost- yep... I went round and round with somebody else on the role of Team Captain. It means more then just handling interviews and speaking with officials during the game.

JT is right for the role- given his ability and his amazing work ethic. He has some other guys in that room with the same strengths- Hamonic is mountain of character on and off the ice. Praise Bossy Hamomic is signed long term to this team.

They will figure it out. The talent is there, but stuff like this takes time. The lost 2-1 to the Pens, a solid game where the special teams failed. Tonight in the second, they played poorly and the goalie sank them.

Get through the end of November with 25-30 points and everything will be fine. At 4-2, they are on a pace for 110 points. They are a playoff team, not a 110 point team.

Be interesting how the lines shake out with a healthy Grabbo and Grabs- because I don't see Grabs as a healthy scratch right now if he is healthy. Nor do I see him playing fourth line minutes.

I do see Grabner in the Kuli spot, Kuli moves up to the second line, and Nelson or Strome moves up to line one.

As this season moves along, how poorly Toronto handled Grabbo and Kuli will be obvious. They are both strong players- much better then even I expected.

rmbbanned
rmbbanned

@toni- really? Where was I on Newsday?

How did I have the time since I have been shredding your last few posts here. It's exhausting work, not difficult, but exhausting. But if you think I was on a Newsday, tell me what you wrote in my name.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@elephant they hit a 4 game losing streak this early... cappy is as good as gone! personally id like thompson to take over..... i know there are some more experianced coaches out there but.... i think thompson can handle it....

rmbbanned
rmbbanned

@al- wow, slick come back. I thought I was a billionaire 5 minutes ago. Make up your mind sugar, but do it soon, I gotta get my rest. Spending billions is exhausting.

shlo
shlo

@Joey Ferguson I would not have anybody from within the organization appointed as coach.

I really want to see Dave Lewis as the coach.

He spent time in quality teams.