After two breakout seasons, receiver Victor Cruz has gone from undrafted free agent gem to part of the Giants’ long-term core. The team and Cruz have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.
The deal is said to be worth $43 million, including $15.6 million of guaranteed money, on top of the one-year tender worth $2.8 million that he recently signed, and runs through the 2018 season. Cruz is represented by Tom Condon of CAA Sports.
“I feel relief,” Cruz said shortly after signing his contract at the Timex Performance Center, according to a statement released by the team. “I feel I can just kick back and play football again.”
Cruz skipped all of the Giants’ offseason workouts while holding out for a long-term deal, but he will be in the fold for the start of training camp on July 26. Over the past two seasons, Cruz has totaled 168 catches for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns. Although he often operates out of the slot as a possession receiver, Cruz has shown he is a big-play threat with his yards after the catch, including a 99-yard score against the Jets in 2011.
“We are pleased to have this behind us,” said general manager Jerry Reese. “Now Victor can focus on football. Training camp is approaching quickly, and we all have a lot of work to do to get back where we want to be.”