Former New York Giants star wideout Victor Cruz knows firsthand how dirty the business side of the NFL can be.
One of the most electric wide receivers in his prime, Victor Cruz witnessed the Giants sabotage their own players on purpose so the front office wouldn’t have to pay performance bonuses.
Victor Cruz played 70 games for the Giants
Victor Cruz was born and raised in Patterson, New Jersey. He lived out his childhood dream by playing in 70 games for the Giants and putting on a show during his prime.
Known as the “Salsa King,” Cruz recorded 303 receptions with the Giants for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl team in 2012 and was part of New York’s Super Bowl 46 squad.
Cruz caught four balls for 25 yards and a touchdown in the Giants’ 21-17 win over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42.
Unfortunately, injuries and surgeries slowed Cruz down. He only appeared in six games during the 2014 season after tearing his right patellar tendon. Cruz also missed the entire 2015 season with compensatory issues in his left calf.
The 2016 season was Cruz’s last year in the NFL. He played 15 games for the Giants and caught 39 balls for 586 yards and one touchdown. The Giants released Cruz after the 2016 season. He signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears but never suited up for them in the regular season.
Victor Cruz ended up retiring from the league on August 21, 2018. However, a few months after he was released from the Giants, he let out some secrets about how political the NFL is.
Victor Cruz saw the Giants sit players on purpose to save money
Victor Cruz was a guest on The Breakfast Club a couple of months after the Giants cut him. During the interview, he talked about how he saw the Giants sit players on purpose or sabotage their on-field production to save money.
“I’ve seen things where guys had incentives in their contract to where they had to play 16 games in order to get X amount of money. That 16th game came around, they would sit him,” Cruz said. “If they had a little ailment, something that they could play through, they’d be like, ‘We think we shouldn’t play you this game.’ They’ll use the training staff to kind of ploy it.”
Cruz also brought up how he was open a lot during the 2016 season but didn’t get the ball enough. His poor numbers made it easier for the Giants to cut him and save more money.
Players can miss out on millions of dollars if they don’t hit their contract incentive. However, NFL owners are all about their money, so it’s not surprising to hear what Victor Cruz said about the Giants.
The one-time Pro Bowler is now in the media
Victor Cruz is now a media member. He’s appeared on ESPN, Turner Sports, and Fox Sports.
The Giants have been a walking disaster for the past few years. Not only is Cruz no longer on the team, but Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. are gone as well.
Victor Cruz will always be a legend in New York since he’s a Super Bowl champion and once scored a 99-yard touchdown against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. His salsa dances were always entertaining to watch.