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Hey, Giants’ Fans! What’s With The Victor Cruz Obsession!

Judging by my Inbox, a lot of Giants fans are freaked out and fuming about the prospect of — not the fact of; but the mere prospect of — Victor Cruz leaving via free agency. Am I reading my mail right? You guys are pissed, already? Hello! He hasn’t gone anywhere yet! And the odds are; he isn’t going anywhere in 2013 except to training camp with the Giants.

But okay, let’s say the Giants can’t — or won’t — put together a package that satisfies Cruz, then, what? Simple. They’ll offer him a 3.75 million dollar, or so, tender for 2013. And if anyone wants him, and plenty of teams will, they can submit an offer sheet, which the Giants can match or not. And if they don’t match it, they get a number one draft choice. Sounds reasonable to me.

And think about it: by not offering anything to Cruz, now, the Giants allow the league, i.e., the marketplace — not Cruz — to establish his actual worth; which could be less than Cruz expects. Of course, on the other hand, it could be more than the Giants expect; and thus, more than they’re willing to match. Okay, fine, what happens, then? Simple, the Giants let him leave, what else?

And what does history tell us about Giants who left — voluntarily or not? Burress shot his way out of town, so, what? Shockey, too; so, what? Derrick Ward left. Never heard from him again. Steve Smith left. Never heard from him, again, either. Kevin Boss? Same story. Name one guy the Giants let leave who came back to haunt them! G’head, I dare you. Just one guy!

They were talented and productive and fan favorites; but maybe their success was due to Eli and the Giants’ system. Ward, Burress, Shockey, Smith, Boss, etc., were all replaced by better, more productive, players. And if Cruz leaves, he’ll be replaced by someone else just as productive — if not as lovable and flamboyant — because he’ll be working with Eli, within the Giants’ system.

How much is a wide receiver worth, anyway? Can they be important factors on a team? Sure. And is Victor Cruz an important factor? Sure. But so is Hakeem Nicks. And how much cap space can the Giants allot to them before it hurts the rest of the team? Years ago, teams could stockpile talent, like the Cowboys in the early 90s; but free agency and the cap changed that.

Look, I confess; I’m a huge Victor Cruz fan. He’s a terrific player — and person — and his story is inspirational! And I hope the Giants give him the contract he deserves. And I reiterate, the likelihood of Victor Cruz leaving is minimal; but c’mon, guys, if it happens; hey, it happens. There’s no reason to go on suicide alert, okay? Sheeesh! Calm the hell down, huh!

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6 Responses to “Hey, Giants’ Fans! What’s With The Victor Cruz Obsession!”

  1. […] Judging by my Inbox, a lot of Giants fans are freaked out and fuming about the prospect of — nSee all stories on this topic » […]

  2. David says:

    Great post. I don’t think you should ever spend a ton of money on WRs. They are a product of the qb and the system and are infinitely replaceable. If you can sign him to a cap friendly deal, then do it- but that seems highly unlikely. If that proves to be true, I draft a wr somewhere in the middle of this draft. Tender him, let Cruz play the year out, franchise him, and trade him for a second or third rounder next offseason.

  3. Jason C. says:

    Just because a player wasn’t able to perform at their highest level for another team doesn’t mean the Giants letting them go was the right decision. It’s similar to the Eagles a few years back, they let a LOT of guys go and replaced them in the draft and had success, but could they have won a Super Bowl if there was better continuity on the roster? This staff takes time to develop players (longer than most fans patience allows) and letting Cruz walk sets this team back at least 2 years with their WR development (an aging Hixon and Reuben Randle taking first team snaps while Nicks recovers from his weekly injuries), like it or not, letting Cruz go decimates our chances of a SB run this year (and possibly into the future).

  4. Vlad Z says:

    Ryan Grant was allowed to leave and had 2 good seasons in GB

  5. Jeff says:

    “How much is a wide receiver worth, anyway? Can they be important factors on a team? Sure. And is Victor Cruz an important factor? Sure. But so is Hakeem Nicks.”

    I would suggest that Nicks isn’t so durable; the above remarks should’ve read “So is Hakeem Nicks – when he is healthy, or when he plays, or when he doesn’t play injured.”

    Hakeem is good but I doubt (hopefully I am wrong) he ever plays a full season for us.

    Cruz is as solid in the slot as we’ve seen and we need to keep him, for this reason: It is incredibly hard to generate chemistry between the QB and receivers with such little time before the season begins.

    At least hold on to the two of them for one more season.

    We don’t have to have Hixon; he plays less than Nicks.

    Yeah, let’s keep Jernigan, Beckum, and Barden, and let Cruz go.

    I understand the money thing, but to me it would be worth it to keep both Cruz and Nicks for the foreseeable future, and build around the two.

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