Off the Record (OTR)

Giants to release Cruz

There was a time when New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was pretty close to elite if he wasn’t elite. He was a phenomenal talent that gave defensive coordinators nightmares.

That was until the Giants visited the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014. Cruz attempted to catch a pass in the end zone and crumpled down to the ground in a heap. He tore his patellar tendon and things have been awful for Cruz since.

He missed 26 straight games from 2014-15. He returned this year and 39 balls for 586 yards and a touchdown, but he just isn’t the same anymore. And according to Art Stapleton of The Record, the Giants have noticed.

“BREAKING: I’m told #Giants are releasing WR Victor Cruz,” Stapleton tweets.

This isn’t shocking at all. At age 30, Cruz isn’t the same player that once dominated the NFL. And it makes zero financial sense for the Giants to keep him. He’s set to be a cap number of $9.4 million and the Giants would save $7.5 million in cap space by moving on.

Someone will give him another shot, probably on a one-year prove it deal.

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