The New York Giants plan to release wide receiver Victor Cruz on Monday, a person familiar with the move told USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero.The New York Giants plan to release wide receiver Victor Cruz on Monday, a person familiar with the move told USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced.
Art Stapleton of The Bergen (N.J.) Record and the USA TODAY Network was the first to report the development.
The Giants also are releasing running back Rashad Jennings, who led the team with 593 rushing yards on 181 carries last season, the person familiar with the move said.
Cruz, 30, had just 39 catches for 586 yards and one touchdown last season, his first since missing the previous year and a half after a torn patellar tendon and calf surgery. Rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard took over Cruz’s role in the slot.
A Pro Bowl selection in 2012, Cruz reworked his contract last year but was due $7.5 million if retained in 2017.
Cruz, who was not drafted out of UMass, made his first splash by scoring three touchdowns in a 2010 preseason game against the New York Jets. However a hamstring injury prevented him from playing in the regular season.
Cruz made his official debut in 2011, catching 82 passes for a Giants single-season record 1,536 yards, and went on to win a ring after the team’s upset of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
Cruz was a near instant superstar given his Paterson, N.J., roots and his salsa dance touchdown celebration, which he utilized to honor his late grandmother. Madonna later imitated it prior to performing at Super Bowl XLVI.
Source: USA Today Sports