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Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:23 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 6:10 pm
 
CruzBy Josh Katzowitz

In real-life standards, making $490,000 is a pretty decent salary. In the world of pro football, it’s more like a “meh” financial reward, almost the definition of entry-level pay. For an outgoing wide receiver who was virtually unknown before this season and then exploded with an 82-catch, 1,536-yard, nine-touchdown performance and became known as the guy who salsa dances after he scores, it’s an outrage.

Well, not really an outrage, but after his glorious season that ended with a touchdown catch in the Giants Super Bowl XLVI win against the Patriots, Victor Cruz  -- who made $450,000 in 2011 -- would like a substantial raise for 2012.

“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 the men at Pro Football Talk. “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.”

I don’t think many people would disagree that Cruz deserves more money after his 2011 performance, but remember, he signed a three-year $1.2 million contract after he went unselected in the 2010 draft. He missed all of last season with an injury, so it's not like Cruz has put together multiple seasons of consistency.

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Also, you have to remember the players who had breakout seasons and demanded more money from their teams and never got it. Players like Sidney Rice, Matt Forte and DeSean Jackson. Just because Cruz had one wonderful season, that doesn’t mean the Giants have to give him a bigger raise than they’d already planned. And considering New York has a powerful receiving corps, is Cruz holding out in training camp really going to scare the Giants into tearing up his old contract and giving him a new one? I’d guess no.

But in other Cruz news, it’s also been reported that he signed with the powerful IMG agency after the Super Bowl. That won’t increase his ability to barter for a new deal with the Giants, because IMG was hired to work on his marketing and endorsement campaigns (I see either a marketing campaign for Tostitos salsa or for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, though considering Cruz turned down “Dancing with the Stars,” he might like to go less mainstream).

However, adding IMG means Cruz most likely will make more money this year. And if that money doesn’t come from the Giants, Cruz might have to be OK with that.

In even more Cruz news, he weighed in on the laughable “Rob Gronkowski was dancing with his shirt off after the Patriots lost” controversy. Cruz, it seems, disagrees with the spirit of what Gronkowski was doing.

“I would have been in my room, watching TV, soaking in the moment,” Cruz told PFT. “It’s not every day you make it to a Super Bowl, man. . . . Some guys play 15, 16 years in this league and don’t make it the Super Bowl. Or even the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl. . . . I probably wouldn’t have been partying too much after that.”

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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:54 am
 

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

He's going to be the Giants DeSean Jackson next season, only he has a SB ring. He has 2 more of the 3 years he signed his contract for.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 10:03 am
 

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

Right... you should try and get the best possible deal. Once you sign though... shut yer pie hole.
That is simply not how the real world works. Contracts get renegotiated all the time and contracts get broken. In the business world there is no such thing as "honoring a contract because you signed it." Everyone just looks at if the contract makes sense at the current time and going forward.

Anybody that runs a business or is involved with contracts for businesses knows that. I understand the average poster on here flips burgers for a living, but if you don't understand how the business world works you should just shut up and not comment.



Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:38 am
 

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

It is smart and pragmatic, and it is what anybody with a brain should be doing. It's a business. Whenever money is involved you should always get the best possible deal you can for yourself.

Right... you should try and get the best possible deal. Once you sign though... shut yer pie hole.

Sorry, but anyone that starts with the "Look at poor me... I deserve more money... I'm an attention whore" five seconds after your team wins the Super Bowl is ridiculous. It shifts the story from... wow... what a great underdog story... to boy, what a greedy S.O.B.

Sure, he had a season that warrant a pay scale much higher than he was paid... but at the same time, he was under contract and his pay is his pay. If he were to miss most or all of the season (like he did last year)... do you think he'd be making the same loud statements to the media about how he was overpaid and how he couldn't possibly accept money that he didn't really deserve?

That's the problem with these guys... it only works in their favor. If the NY Giants had come to him and said... "Hey, you're hurt and missing games... so we are going to cut your salary to almost nothing" (because that's what they got out of him)... do you really think he'd be okay with that?

The truth is he's going to get what's coming to him in his next contract, so I wouldn't exactly be feeling sorry for him.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:18 am
 

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

Some call this greedy, or bust on the player for not wanting to honor his original contract. But with the average NFL career at around three years, I call it smart and pragmatic. The trick is to ask in a way that doesn't alienate teammates or fans.
It is smart and pragmatic, and it is what anybody with a brain should be doing. It's a business. Whenever money is involved you should always get the best possible deal you can for yourself.

As for the teammates, the vast majority want to see their teammates taken care of, because they know if a franchise screws someone else over, they can get screwed over just as easily. Look at how much trouble the Bengals had signing talent last year after the Palmer debacle. They were a border line playoff team last season, it'll be interesting to see how long memories are and if they have trouble again this year.

The teammates that don't care are jackasses and are just being media sycophants.

Now the fans, they're the most worthless and pointless of the bunch. It is safe to completely ignore them when considering your options. How many fans claimed they wouldn't watch the NFL after the labor dispute only to come back and watch it without acknowledging what they were claiming for weeks? Same idea in the NBA. The stupid mongrel fans will babble endlessly about how greedy the players are and how they hate the sport, but then if the player plays well they'll cheer him anyway and then make excuses for his behavior, like Steelers fans do for Ben Rapistberger. Or Lions fans do for NamdaThug Suh.

The fans don't give a shit about the players or the owners or any of that crap. The fans have no idea what they're saying, they just talk. They forget instantly what they said a few days prior because they're so stupid. The players should NEVER care about the fans.

The Owners always have known this and that's why they always win negotiations. Then they raise ticket prices, come up with PSL costs, charge for parking, ban tailgaiting, raise concession prices and through out it all the fans are too stupid to stop paying the increases or realize the owners are businessmen. If the players learn one thing about business it should be how idiotic the public is.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:45 am
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Since: Dec 19, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:32 pm
 

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

I definitley think he should get a salary increase. However, i wouldn't go over board. I walso would love to keep him on the team. He's a great talent and I enjoyed watching him this past season. Go Blue!!!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:51 pm
 

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

for baseball (definitely baseball) and even basketball i would agree with you.  but considering it's football, and you risk a devastating career-ending injury on every play (and when you are cut you  NOTHING by the team as contract is nullified), i have nothing against NFL players using leverage to get what they deserve.  he did have just 1 great year, but it may be his last, which is why i say "GO CRUZ GO" and get what you can.  NFL owners have way too much power over the sport.

First of all the "risk" you speak of means NOTHING because it's not forced on the players, they have a choice.  If they don't like the risk move over and let somebody else play.  There are thousands of talented kids that would give anything for the chance to play football for a living. 

And learn something about NFL contracts before you waste our time on these boards.  Teams just can't cut anybody they want at any time and pay the player nothing.   There are a ton of contracts with ridiculous guaranteed money in their deals.  No, it's not rare.. it's very common in the NFL.   And the NFL is the ONLY league that puts up so much up front money in player contracts.  In other leagues most if not all of the money is guaranteed but they have to wait for it, the contract is evenly spread out throughout the life of the term. In football these guys get millions of dollars up front in more cases then you think, and if they fail they don't pay back a penny.

Finally, don't forget something.  NFL owners ARE the sport because without them, there is no game.  You'll argue the owners need the players or there is no game and you're almost right.  The owners need players, not THESE players.

If the owners have "too much power" then why doesn't the union start their own league and keep 100 percent of the profits?

Answer: Because they NEED the owners and can't replace them nearly as quickly as the players can be replaced. 



Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:11 pm
 

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

You signed a contract shut up and play.



Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:11 pm
 

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

for baseball (definitely baseball) and even basketball i would agree with you.  but considering it's football, and you risk a devastating career-ending injury on every play (and when you are cut you get paid NOTHING by the team as contract is nullified), i have nothing against NFL players using leverage to get what they deserve.  he did have just 1 great year, but it may be his last, which is why i say "GO CRUZ GO" and get what you can.  NFL owners have way too much power over the sport.


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