Giants, WR Cruz agree to long-term deal
July 8, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - New York Giants star receiver Victor Cruz has signed a five-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season.
Cruz was a restricted free agent with three years in the NFL. Last month, he signed a one-year, $2.879 million tender with the Giants, but a long-term deal was already in the works. The Giants could have matched any offers Cruz received from other teams - so he didn't get any.
``I feel relief,'' Cruz told Giants.com, shortly after signing his contract at the team's facility. ``I feel I can just kick back and play football again.''
The new deal is worth $43 million, according to media reports.
``We are pleased to have this behind us,'' general manager Jerry Reese said. ``Now Victor can focus on football. Training camp is approaching quickly, and we all have a lot of work to do to get back where we want to be.''
Training camp opens July 26. Cruz skipped all of New York's offseason program.
The 26-year-old from Paterson, N.J., was an undrafted free agent out of Massachusetts in 2010, but he's become one of the most productive receivers in the NFL. Over the last two seasons, he has 168 receptions for 1,628 yards and 19 touchdowns.
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