It has been quite some time since we saw Victor Cruz in a New York Giants uniform, as the flamboyant wide receiver has been sidelined since tearing his right patellar tendon in Week 6 of the 2014 season. Cruz was hoping to play at some point last year, but he suffered multiple setbacks that have left everyone wondering what sort of player he will be once his returns. With that in mind, the Giants, trying to push for the postseason next season, have the possibility of reducing Cruz’s salary on the table.
Cruz currently has three years left on his five-year, $43 million contract that he’s scheduled to make $7.9 million and cost $9.9 million against the salary cap in 2016. This would be the second-highest amount on the team, behind only Eli Manning. That the Giants are trying to restructure his deal shows at least a degree of uncertainty in New York about whether the 29-year-old can once again play at a high level after suffering such a serious injury. There are reports suggesting that the organization may decide to release its veteran wideout if he’s unwilling to reduce his base salary for the upcoming season.
However, that doesn’t appear that it will be an issue as Cruz stated prior to Super Bowl 50 that he would be willing to rework his contract if that meant he would remain with the team.
“I don’t care about that stuff,” he said on Radio Row at the Super Bowl. “I realize the way I came into this game was on a humble opportunity, and wherever this goes, I just want to play. It’s been two years of not playing. I just want to go out there and play, and whatever happens after that happens.”