"Let Me Get This Straight" About Victor Cruz's 1-Year Tender Offer

Josh ZerkleChief Writer IIIMay 22, 2013

Has there been a better wide receiver in the NFC East over the last two years than Victor Cruz?

The UMass product burst onto the scene in the middle of the 2011 season, and I doubt that anyone has matched his production over the last 24 games. Sounds like a guy you'd want to lock down long-term, right?

Not if you're the New York Giants.

Cruz finished 2012 with 86 catches and 10 receiving touchdowns...only to be thanked with a shoddy one-year, $2.8 million tender offer from his team.

While negotiations have continued since that original tender, the Giants still seem reluctant to pay Cruz, whose restricted free-agency window closed in April, at market value.

Let's examine some of the other wide receiver signings from this past offseason:

Wes WelkerSigned a two-year, $12 million contract, all guaranteed, plus a $4 million signing bonus. Welker led the league in 2012 with 15 drops, and he's 32 years old.

Dwayne Bowe:  Signed a five-year, $56 million contract, with $26 million guaranteed, plus a $15 million signing bonus. Bowe caught 3 touchdowns last season while his team went 2-14. He has one 80-catch season to his credit since 2008.

Mike Wallace: Signed a five-year, $60 million contract with $30 million guaranteed, plus an $11 million signing bonus. Wallace had a down 2012 in terms of production, but should bring a new look to a Dolphins offense that desperately needs one. 

Cruz's contract ambitions were probably hampered by his transparent desire to stay in the New York market, but there's no reason the Giants can't get one of their best players a deserving long-term deal. 

That's what today's video is about, and I hope you enjoy it. Leave your own thoughts on Cruz or any of the other wide receivers we just mentioned in the comments below. As always, thanks for watching.