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10:29 AM ET 03.31 | Victor Cruz, a restricted free agent, has been offered a long-term deal by the Giants that the Daily News has reported is worth more than $7 million per year with significant guaranteed money, which is a nice pay raise for an undrafted free agent whose base salaries the last two years totalled $990,000 as he was catching 168 passes from Eli Manning. As long as the structure is favorable, Cruz would be foolish to turn down that money and security. He has until April 19 to sign an offer sheet with another team -- that now seems very unlikely -- that the Giants would have the chance to match or take a first-round pick as compensation.

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March 31, 2013  10:32 AM ET

Head to Dallas for some "Romobux"!

March 31, 2013  10:40 AM ET

He is too classy for JJ

March 31, 2013  10:53 AM ET

Take the deal...stay in New York. The grass isn't greener elsewhere.

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March 31, 2013  11:37 AM ET

If Cruz can get a better deal (more $$$) than he should take it. He has a ring and his career is one play away from being over. If Wallace got $12M/year than Cruz should be able to get a lot more than $7M.

March 31, 2013  11:55 AM ET

I was hoping that someone would make him an offer. I always figured better to lose him now, get a first round pick in return and move on. If he will not take their offer this year then he surely will not next year.

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March 31, 2013  12:42 PM ET
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Why? And start over? Pretty ignorant sine the Gmen have a qb who isn't getting younger ever year. Not to mention Nicks is never healthy, and losing Manningham the year before showed the importance of these receivers. 1st round pick? my god man. Wait til it's rebuilding time

My point is he is not signing that deal next year either, so you lose him then and get nothing. Honestly, every team that played him physical shut him down. He was a non factor the second half of the season in some very big games. Heck, smith caught 100 passes in that slot before him.

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March 31, 2013  01:03 PM ET

Seems to me that is one heck of an offer. That is a BIG pay raise from what he made last season. I cannot see another team offering more money than that. He is good but there are other talented receivers out there for less money.

March 31, 2013  01:11 PM ET

Just how much more than $7MM a year does somebody need to make? Ride it for four years, bank $20MM+ and call it a day.

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March 31, 2013  03:05 PM ET
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... Honestly, every team that played him physical shut him down. He was a non factor the second half of the season in some very big games...

Yeah but he does the salsa dance so that makes him special.

March 31, 2013  03:22 PM ET
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The math doesn't add up.28 million over 4 years MINUS 40% for taxes and whatever he's paying an agent for those 4 years. He's looking at closer to 14 million before he spends any of it. Probably have around 5-6 million after those 4 years.

If he's paying 40% in taxes the first thing he needs to do is fire his accountant. Secondly, if his agent makes more that 5% he needs to fire him also. Lastly, if he lives on more than $300,000 a year from his football income he's not as smart as I think he is. Based on a 20% rate on his net taxable income and contributing $350,000 to charity he's left with $20,000,000 before he makes dime one from endorsements, etc. And again, if you're making that kind of coin and paying 40% in taxes please let me help you.

March 31, 2013  03:58 PM ET

If Welker is a $6 million a year player in that slot, then Cruz was offered fair money. A slot guy is NOT the same as a WR on any teams value chart. His call, he is a good guy and free to make choices.

 
April 1, 2013  11:13 AM ET
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The math doesn't add up.28 million over 4 years MINUS 40% for taxes and whatever he's paying an agent for those 4 years. He's looking at closer to 14 million before he spends any of it. Probably have around 5-6 million after those 4 years.

Only $5 or $6 mil!!! I couldn't live on that small fof an amount either, NOT!!!!!!

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