The Giants have released Victor Cruz. According to NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones. The move saves the Giants $7.5M of cap space.
Cruz jumped onto the scene in a preseason matchup against the New York Jets in 2010. Cruz ended the game with three TDs and over 150 yards receiving.
A year later, Cruz got his opportunity in the regular season. In his first game starting, Cruz caught three balls for 110 yards and two TDs in a 29-16 win over the Eagles.
Victor was known for his celebratory salsa dancing after every touchdown. He danced his way all the way to a Super Bowl victory against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 46.
Getting bitten by the injury bug
A torn patellar tendon in a Week 6 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014 slowed Cruz’s career. The six-year veteran missed the rest of 2014 and all of 2015 because of the injury.
After returning to the field in the 2016 season, Number 80 wasn’t showing the same explosion and burst of speed he showed early on in his career. Cruz would finish the season with 586 yards receiving and one touchdown.
The Giants made this move to save money for the future. Cruz was set to make $9.4M in 2017, which would make him the 15th highest paid WR in the league.
Over his seven seasons with the Giants, Cruz had 303 receptions, 4,549 yards receiving, and 25 touchdowns.