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Draft Scout Victor Cruz News
03/10/16 - WR Victor Cruz remains a member of the New York Giants, but it's going to cost him.
The veteran wide receiver last played Week 6 of the 2014 season when he ruptured the patellar tendon in his right knee. According to The Record of Hackensack, Cruz agreed to the take-it-or-leave-it offer rather than being released. He will have a dramatically reduced base salary for 2016 of $1.3 million, and the new deal offers him the opportunity to raise that to $5.5 million if he hits playing time incentives.
Cruz was scheduled to earn $7.9 million in salary and count $9.9 million on the Giants' 2016 cap.
Cruz did not appear downtrodden about the deal, taking to social media Wednesday to say "Once a Giant always a Giant. See you in September. @ New York, New York."
He has 264 career catches, averaging 15 yards per reception. After back-to-back seasons with 80-plus receptions (2011 and 2012) the Giants locked Cruz up with a $45.879 million deal in July 2013. He has not returned to that peak production.
12/16/15 - WR Victor Cruz, who is on season-ending injured reserve, underwent calf surgery Wednesday, according to his Instagram account. Cruz was unable to play this year after initially developing the calf injury during the second week of the preseason.
12/02/15 - WR Victor Cruz underwent surgery on Tuesday to address a lingering calf ailment that ended his before the bye week. Cruz has played six games in the last two seasons after initially suffering a torn patellar injury in 2014.
11/18/15 - WR Victor Cruz (calf) was placed on reserve/injured by the Giants Tuesday (Nov. 17).
11/16/15 - WR Victor Cruz of the Giants announced he will undergo season-ending surgery on his injured left calf.
"This hurts, you know, mainly because I worked so hard to come back from the patella tendon surgery and fought hard, day-in and day-out -- rehab, physical work, strength work -- and I felt like I was back to 100 precent," Cruz announced in a video on Bleacher Report's Uninterrupted platform. "And then the calf happens and it's tough -- it's a tough thing to go through."
The 29-year-old Cruz hasn't played this season and hasn't practiced since Aug. 17 when he pulled his left calf muscle. In 2014, his season ended when he tore his right patella tendon on Oct. 12 against the Philadelphia Eagles.