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Valentine's View: The Giants have little choice but to sign Cruz to a rich long-term deal. And yes, he's worth it. He isn't worth the $18.8 million the Detroit Lions pay Calvin Johnson or the $15.75 million the Arizona Cardinals pay Larry Fitzgerald, but he is worth the $8 million or so the Giants appear willing to pay him.
Sure, Cruz production dropped in 2012. His yardage went from 1,536 to 1,092. His yards per catch dropped from 18.7 to 12.7. His yards after catch fell from 7.3 to 4.1.
Realize, though, his numbers were crazy in 2011. Plus, the Giants did not have a healthy Hakeem Nicks and spent the season looking for a consistent replacement for Mario Manningham. Thus, Cruz got much more attention from opposing defenses.
Giants' punter Steve Weatherford appeared on 'NFL-AM' Tuesday. He was asked about player safety.
"The direction the NFL is heading is going to prolong player's careers and ultimately keep them healthier," Weatherford said. "It's just moving in a safer direction and I think it should be.
"We're all fathers and husbands and we have life to look forward to after football."
Blog Bits: DE Adrian Tracy | Inside Football
Nice Q&A from Pat Traina with the defensive end, who has his best chance at significant playing time this season. One of Tracy's quotes is below:
"I am very confident in my skills and my abilities and I think the coaches recognize my versatility and what I can bring to the table. But like last year, there are various other people that were better than what I was doing at that position so hopefully with this opportunity that I have I continue to take advantage of it."
SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT: There will apparently be one, although only a couple of players have declared for it.
ROOKIES VISIT YANKEE STADIUM: Giants.com offers video and a photo slideshow of a visit to Yankee Stadium by Giants rookies that took place shortly after the 2013 NFL Draft.