Archive for the ‘Victor Cruz’ Category

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Patience is not common among those who enjoy pigskin pugnacity. We need what we want, and we want it now.

If our wants, needs, desires, and burning itches aren’t satisfied, they fester into outright rashes. NFL fans have long been known to literally sit and itch themselves for an entire Sunday. It’s a bad scene.

Right now there’s great worry and therefore itching happening among Giants fans regarding Victor Cruz, the restricted free agent who’s aligned himself with the man who teaches pimpin’ to pimps. In mid April there was reason for that worry to spread and engulf the fantasy community. Outright anguish ensued when general manager Jerry Reese said he’s not fully confident Cruz will be signed a ready for opening day.

Now, John Mara has some soothing words.

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We break briefly from the endless stream of draft rumor mongering for some Victor Cruz rumor mongering.

The Giants need to pay Cruz like a No. 1 wide receiver, because not doing that could lead to their offense playing without its top receiver this fall. That, in turn, will lead to losing.

Cruz, a restricted free agent who was given a first-round tender nobody bit on, reportedly wants to be paid something in the neighborhood of $11 million annually. That’s top wideout cash, and although given his drastic sway in receiving yardage between 2011 and 2012 (he had 444 fewer yards this past season) there’s some dispute as to whether or not he’s elite or just really good, he still deserves to be paid top dog dough.

Or at least something in the vicinity of it, yet the Giants’ offer was stuck at $7 million annually for a long time. Now that’s reportedly changed.

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The Giants need Victor Cruz. That’s because he’s fast, and he’s elusive, and he’s shifty and stuff. Also, he’s fast.

And it turns out Cruz needs the Giants too. Or rather, he needs New York, and he needs Jay-Z.

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As I see it, the central problem with money is that I never have enough of it. That may partly be because I eat too many burritos, instead of wisely conserving cash with a simple and humble homemade ham and cheese sandwich selection for lunchtime consumption (#bloglife).

The Giants need money too, just for much different consumption reasons. They need wins, and to get wins, they need good players. Preferably, great players, and one of the great players they’d like to purchase while in turn also purchasing wins is already on their roster.

And that’s where the simplistic ends, and complicated begins.

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Washington Redskins v New York Giants

According to Steve Tisch, the chairman and executive vice president of the New York Giants, he wouldn’t be surprised if another NFL team made a move for Giants’ restricted free agent Victor Cruz.

Speaking to reporters at the NFL annual meeting in Phoenix, Giants chairman and executive vice president Steve Tisch said that an offer sheet for Cruz was “probable,” Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post reported Sunday.

Although the list of teams that would be interested in having Cruz is probably quite long, apparently it does not include the Indianapolis Colts.

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New York Giants v Baltimore Ravens

The Giants could lose WR Victor Cruz if they aren’t willing to increase his salary, according to a report from the New York Daily News.  Cruz was given a first round tender on Monday worth $2.879 million which is more than double his current deal.

Ralph Vacchiano’s sources indicate Cruz’s decision to hire Tom Condon hasn’t changed his  motivation for reworking his contract.

The problem, according to several NFL sources, is that Cruz and his old agents wanted him to be paid like a No. 1 NFL receiver, and the going rate for that is a contract in the range of $11 million per year.

Cruz has caught 168 passes for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns over the past two seasons.

I want you to close your eyes, and drift into a deep sleep. Basically, do the same thing you do whenever you read anything here. Alright good, we’re started then.

Remember those promising days back in late August, when fantasy draft season was at its peak? Of course you do. That’s when winning seemed possible, long before you passed on Adrian Peterson and allowed him to fall a few rounds because you thought his knee was all screwy. And before you took Cam Newton in the first round, thereby giving him permission to kill half of your season. Ahhh, memories.

But surely you remember when we pondered some of life’s great questions just prior to the beginning of the 2012 regular season, yes? Of course you do. Through the magic of hindsight over the next week or so we’re going to look back at those queries, and see if we can learn anything from the result (I know, I’m pretty skeptical too).

First up: did Victor Cruz repeat his long bomb, home run catching from 2011?

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