New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who just took an eye-popping pay cut to remain in Blue, explained why he decided to stay in East Rutherford when he could have chosen to be released and made more money elsewhere.
Speaking on a self-made video on Bleacher Report's "Uninterrupted", Cruz said his peace about why he decided to give the Giants a hometown discount, cutting his salary form $7.9 million to $2.7 million with incentives.
Cruz said on the video:
Cruz has not played in a game since since October 2014, when he suffered a torn patellar tendon, and missed all of last season with a calf injury. His rehab and comeback have been well-documented.
In the interim, Cruz's endorsement deals and fashion career weren't sidetracked by his absence on the field as he's stayed in the public eye.
The fans have been rooting for his return, but for him to maintain his stardeom, he will have to re-establsih himself as one. All those good feelings will evaporate if Cruz cannot return to a close version of his former self.
The truth is, the Giants gave Cruz an ultimatum before the league new year began on March 9. They told him to take a pay cut or he'd be released.
Cruz didn't want to take a chance on the open market. His contract with the club in in effect through 2018. He is still on the books for a base salary of $7.4 million next year and $8.4 million the year after. Whether he'll get to earn that is still to be determined. He and the Giants are gambling on it.