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Time for the Giants to Pay Their Bills (Cruz, Nicks)

Please make checks payable to: Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

It’s time for the Giants to pay to keep their star Wide Receivers, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Today, it was reported that Cruz is seeking around $10-$11 million annually from the Giants, while the Giants have reportedly offered a deal worth $7 million annually with more than $20 million in guarantees. Cruz recently dumped his former agent Tom Condon in favor of Jay-z’s Roc Nation. Cruz is asking for the going rate for a No. 1 wide receiver entering his prime. On the other hand, the Giants are offering the highest salary for a slot receiver of elite status, which Cruz is at this point in his career.

The Giants also want to keep Nicks, who they consider a more legitimate No. 1 receiver. Although Cruz has been healthier and more productive than Nicks, he is still Eli’s top target outside of the slot position. The Giants would like to keep both players long-term and solidify the passing offense for the next several seasons, however, it will be difficult to pay both receivers top dollar and stay under the cap. The only other team in the NFL with two receivers earning more than $8 million per season is the Seattle Seahawks (Percy Harvin $11.1 million; Sidney Rice $8.2 million).

In my opinion, the Giants front office must work this out before the season starts and attempt to make fair offers to both players and avoid in-season contract drama (see Osi Umenyiora). Nicks and Cruz are Eli’s favorite targets and the Giants must keep their franchise players happy. It could require some contract restructuring (perhaps by Eli himself) or it could require more guaranteed money, but essentially both deals have to get done. It’s tough to find a receiver in the draft with such capable hands as Nicks and a lightning-quick slot receiver like Cruz comes along once in a blue moon. For the Giants to keep their passing game near the top of the league, they need these players on the roster. We will see what the Giants do and what type of deal they can work out with both players. Nonetheless, it’s time for the Giants to pay their bills.

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10 Responses to “Time for the Giants to Pay Their Bills (Cruz, Nicks)”

  1. Jason C. says:

    I like Cruz, but dropping Condon and then having his Jay Z run agency publically dropping contract demands is bush league. You are a SLOT receiver Victor, you were offered more than the premier slot receiver in the league was given (which is fair being you’re younger), everything you did was character and then you signed with a flashy agency and are now becoming the Lil’ Weezie of the NFL? Don’t let it happen…

  2. Ilyse says:

    How has Cruz been healthier than Nicks? Cruz missed his entire rookie season due to a hamstring injury and the Giants placed him on IR, so therefore he has missed 16 games. Hakeem Nicks has missed a total of 7 games in 4 years. And Nicks always plays with grit, courage and determination as opposed to Cruz who was trying to avoid being hit all year long. I don’t agree with Bradshaw’s actions, but why the hell do you people think he hit Cruz in the head. Cruz is a WR dive. He rarely finishes blocks and goes down as soon as he sees he is going to be tackled.

    • rob says:

      Cruz was put in IR so they could keep him and add another play on the roster. He could had easily played after a few weeks of recovery. Giants didn’t know what that had in him but was interested enough to keep him on the IR instead of cutting him outright. Even the following yr (his break-out yr) they didn’t know what they had. They tried other player in the slot including signing Stokely until Cruz put the question marks to rest.

  3. Ilyse says:

    Oh, and because he finishes his TD celebration with a sign that highlights JZ, it is a cheap PR ploy and no longer to be considered a tribute to his grandmother. She must be rolling over in her grave to see what a brown nosing, nouveau riche PR ‘ho her grandson has become in the span of less than a year.

  4. Jared says:

    No way is Cruz worth 11 million a year!! I like the guy, but come on! Does he not realize that if he signs anywhere else he will not be the same guy he is in NY? First off, he will never be seen in another commercial or on a single billboard in NY ever again….. Say goodby to your endorsement money. He should be snagging up the 7 million/year the Giants are throwing at him and be happy and appreciative of all the opportunities he’s been given!
    Look at Smith, Boss, Ballard, Burress, Shockey, etc… They were not the same without ELi!!

    • rob says:

      NY Marketing power is so overrated. If he is good, he will be in commercials no matter where he is playing. He got endorsement deals for his play, not where he plays. Strahan didn’t get many endorsement deals because he played in NY. In fact, he had to prove himself every yr and it took his announcement to retire before finally getting TV shine. Tiki didn’t get many commercial (I can’t even remember one) and he was NY Giants best offensive weapon for many yrs before Eli. Lebron didn’t lose any endorsement deals for not choosing NY Knicks. In fact, he had a huge billboard as a Cav a block away from MSG.

  5. DP says:

    Time for Randle and JJ to step up this year. Cruz and Nicks will have the season to show their ultimate value to the Giants as well as the open market for next season. It will soften the blow a bit if the Giants lose either or both moving forward, if JJ and Randle show sufficient promise in 2013. Too bad it has to come to this, however, all parties appear to be playing out the process at hand before making final decisions. If Cruz gets to the open market next year, watch out for a sign with the Redskins, Nicks I can see settling for a one-year deal with the Giants for 2014.

    • Jason C. says:

      Why would Cruz want to sign with the Redskins? With that offense, he would have to block.

      • DP says:

        Why? Simply $$$$. Yes, he would have to block, probably no more than Santana Moss currently does, who he would likely replace in a slot position. I am a Giants fan who resides in the Washington DC metro area, the Redskins ownership does not like the Giants, chatter on sports radio shows is Snyder blames Mara for the Redskins suffering their 2 year Cap penalty hit. In 2014 they will have considerable more cap flexibility, Moss is only expected to be around for 2013.

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