New York Giants wide receiver was Victor Cruz was on SiriusXM NFL Monday and his comments were very troubling to me. Cuz said that he believes he took less money then he deserved. No one disagrees with him but to me this isn’t a good sign.
Cruz’s answer: “I’m not going to lie, it’s tough. It’s tough. When you understand from a numbers standpoint, and the numbers you put up you feel like deserve a certain amount of money … and you want your team to owe that to you. But I think playing in NY, you can’t take that away. You have to hold that up to an account at some point when you’re going through these negotiations. You ask yourself ‘Would you want to play for this amount in New York and play in the best city in the world and play football, and — I’m a hometown kid — be close to home and your mom and your family? Or do you want to take a big pay day and go somewhere like Kansas City or Minnesota where your family might not be able to come as often as you want and you’re living in a city you’re not too familiar with and it’s an adjustment for you?’ So you have to take all those things into account as well. But I’m not going to say it’s easy when you see guys getting these huge paydays and you feel like you’re at the same caliber, if not better than some of those guys.” (Ralph Vacchiano – NY Daily News)
Some will say he was happy and that’s evident about him talking about staying home and taking advantage of being in New York. I’ll say it’s discouraging that he’s already taking to the media though to say he’s underpaid compared to his peers.
Listen, I’m happy Cruz got paid but the moment I saw that contract I knew it would be trouble. I’ve felt that Cruz will holdout at some point during this deal, specifically when the guaranteed money ends.
Cruz’s agent was brilliant in making sure all the guaranteed money was early in his contract. He guaranteed that this contract won’t be played all the way through.
I fully believe that once that guaranteed money stops he’ll be doing exactly what he did this summer. Only difference is that he’ll already have enough money in the bank to holdout, something he couldn’t do this offseason.
The Giants fan in me hopes this doesn’t happen but the writings on the wall and these comments back it up.
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