Giants’ Victor Cruz: I Deserve To Be Paid More
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NEW YORK (WFAN) – Less than a week after helping his team win Super Bowl XLVI, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is already thinking about next season.
And how much he’ll be payed to play it.
Cruz believes he should be paid more than his slotted salary of $490,000, according to ProFootballTalk.
“I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel like I was underpaid,” Cruz told ProFootballTalk. “I mean, I feel like after my performance this year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at this point. But that’s something I’ll let my agents and those people take care of and I’ll just go out there and play the game.”
Cruz emerged from obscurity to set a Giants franchise record for receiving yardage, with 1,536 yards this season and hauled in 82 receptions and nine touchdowns.
The 25-year-old entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2010, and as such made $405,000 in 2011 as part of a three-year rookie contract.
The Giants will also have a decision to make on several key players, including free agent receiver Mario Manningham and defensive end Osi Umenyiora, for starters.
Umenyiora is a bargain with one year at $3.975 million remaining on his contract. New York could pay him, trade him or do neither with the hope that he doesn’t hold out of training camp.
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