NY Giants Offered $7 Million Deal to WR Victor Cruz
While he remains a free agent, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has reportedly already received a $7 million deal from his former team.
According to the NY Daily News, the deal has Cruz making more than $7 million annually with a large sum in guaranteed money. This may have not worked for the player but with his agent Tom Condon, who has a relationship with the team and quarterback Eli Manning, a deal is expected to get done rather than the wide receiver either taking a $2.879 million tender offer or bolting to another team.
Earlier in the month, the Giants utilized a first-round tender on Cruz and the team’s owner John Mara said at the time via CBS Sports, “If someone is willing to pay more than we are, then we’ll have to say goodbye.”
But who else is interested in Cruz? Other teams do have until April 19 to ink Cruz with an offer sheet and to give a first-round pick to the Giants.
Manning has been worried about losing his receiver and has previously said he’d restructure his contract.
In the last two seasons, Cruz has an 84-catch for 1,314 yard average with 9.5 touchdowns.
Falcons Set to Sign DE Umenyiora
After flirting with the Atlanta Falcons over the last few days, it appears free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora will sign with the team in the next few days, possibly as soon as Monday.
According to ProFootallTalk.com, an unnamed source said, “Atlanta is the place.”
This came after the player reportedly visited the team on Wednesday and then underwent a physical.
For Umenyiora, he spent the last 10 seasons with the Giants. In 2005, he became a full-fledged starter but by 2012, his role had diminished to part-time status. He did play in every game but was only a starter for four of them.
From his 129 games with the team, Umenyiora had 75 sacks with 32 forced fumbles. In the 2005, 2007 and 2010 seasons, he had double-digit sacks. He’s been selected to the Pro Bowl after the 2005 and 2007 seasons and in 2010, a second-team All-Pro pick.
Playing for the Falcons would be an easy transition for the player as he lives in Atlanta. On Friday he said via ESPN, “There was nothing better than being able to win there [in New York]. The only thing I can think of, for myself personally, [better] than being able to win in New York would be if I was able to win here at home in Atlanta. So we’ll see how that plays out. Hopefully, it will work out in a positive direction.”
Should Umenyiora sign with the Falcons, he’ll fill the open spot left by John Abraham.