Giants release Victor Cruz.
The New York Giants have released Victor Cruz, according to a source confirmed by ESPN. The Giants have not officially announced the move yet, but are expected to this afternoon.
Cruz, a 30-year-old wide receiver, and, a Paterson, New Jersey native, grew up watching the Giants play on Sundays. An undrafted free agent out of UMASS in 2010, Cruz made the Giants squad after a tremendous pre-season, in which he scored four touchdowns and had nearly 300 receiving yards. Cruz then went on to miss most of that season with a hamstring injury.
Cruz burst on to the scene again in the 2011 and 2012 NFL seasons, winning a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2011. He was named Second-Team All-Pro in 2011 and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2012. He had over 2,600 yards and scored 19 touchdowns in those two seasons. Cruz went on to play 14 games in the 2013 season, but only six games in 2014 after he tore his patella tendon against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles. He missed the rest of the 2014 season after that injury. He also missed the entire 2015 season due to an aggravated calf injury.
Cruz finally returned to NFL action this past season, playing in 15 games for the Giants, catching 39 balls and scoring one touchdown. Today, Feb. 13, 2017, Cruz was released by the Giants.
Cruz may still have some football left in him, as he was used as a deep-threat this season by the Giants, but always excelled in the slot position. The Giants may re-sign him after this move to a lower, team-friendly contract, or perhaps teams with a lackluster receiving core such as the Rams or the Ravens may pursue Cruz.