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New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Stayed in Top Shape During Tenuous Contract Negotiations

June 21st, 2013 at 8:25 AM
By Paul Tierney

'Victor Cruz' photo (c) 2011, scott mecum - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Despite signing star wide receiver Victor Cruz last week, the New York Giants still need to sign Victor Cruz. It sounds confusing, but without a long-term deal in place, the Giants are in danger of allowing their salsa dancing sensation to hit unrestricted free agency next offseason, when a team with more salary cap flexibility could swoop in and sign Cruz to an offer the Giants are unable to match. The team has already offered a deal upwards of $8 million per year, but even that has not enticed No. 80 to put ink to paper and secure his financial security for the rest of his life.

Regardless, even through his extremely public contract dispute with the Giants, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News writes that Cruz has stayed in football shape by mirroring Big Blue's offseason workout program with New York Islanders director of sports performance Sean Donellan.

“It’s funny,” Donellan said. “He gets all these appearances and obviously he’s trying to capitalize on that stuff to the best of his abilities. But he’s very good at organizing and prioritizing his time, and he’s very, very good at staying grounded. He’s never lost sight of what’s gotten him there, what made him successful. And he’s dedicated to that.”

One way or another, Cruz is going to play for the Giants in 2013. He did not attend the team's voluntary offseason workout program, nor did he make it to mandatory mini-camp. Neither of those absences came as a surprise, but it's still imperative to know that Cruz has maintained an elite level of fitness during the offseason so when he finally does report, his production remains at a Pro Bowl level.

Although Cruz has significantly increased his media presence since he hit stardom, Donellan says that the star wideout has not lost focus on what got him to where he is today.

“Believe me,” Donellan said. "Every fashion shoot you see him doing, he’s put in the time in the gym before or after.”

Victor Cruz and the Giants should have come to a long-term contract agreement months ago. It's a shame this soap opera is likely going to drag into training camp, but it's refreshing to hear somebody say that Cruz still has his head on straight and fully intends on being a top contributor to the teams offense next season.

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6 Responses to “New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Stayed in Top Shape During Tenuous Contract Negotiations”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    So I’m guessing the Pats would happily accept a 7th round pick for Aaron Hernandez right about now. If only Al Davis were still alive or the Bengals hadn’t filled their quota of felons already.

    Plaxico Burress is a choir boy compared to some of the thugs who play on Sundays.

    And while I’m at it, the vaunted Patriots, you know, those guys who cheated their way to at least one of their championships if not two, put together a duo of great tight ends which consisted of a complete thug (who may be a murderer) and one of the stupidest creatures ever put on the face of the Earth. Yeah, Belichick and Kraft, the shining lights of the NFL.

    •  JimStoll says:

      up here in New England the story is reported as follows: “Hernandez is not a suspect”

      •  JimStoll says:

        … and wh would ever think that the manufacturer of processed food would have ethics?

        •  fanfor55years says:

          He isn’t THAT Kraft. He’s a paper guy. One of the largest private paper manufacturers. But that whole “Myra” thing looks a little bad in retrospect when within a year he’s dating a young woman who becomes the second Mrs. Kraft in short order.

          I actually like Tom Brady as a person. He’s a solid young man, and I can attest to that personally. But I hate just about everything else about the Patriots, including their owner.

          •  JimStoll says:

            paper?
            really?
            never knew that
            different type of malignant corporate presence — deforestation; water and air pollution

            how can you say Brady is a solid guy – leaving b@$tard children all over the US?

  2.  Krow says:

    So if he’s working out … running routes … catching balls … then why wasn’t he at OTAs ?

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