After missing most of the past two years with a torn patellar tendon and calf fascia, there were questions regarding Victor Cruz's salary in 2016.
Earlier in the offseason, Cruz expressed his desire to stay with the New York Giants and a willingness to take a pay cut. The Giants expressed a similar desire, and -- in rough terms -- told Cruz that he had a choice of accepting a pay cut or being cut.
While the Giants were busy signing some of the top free agents on the market, they were also hard at work with Cruz on his contract.
WR Victor Cruz and #Giants working out details that will keep him with team this season. Sounds hopeful something will get done, per source.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) March 9, 2016
That hope was well placed as Cruz himself announced Wednesday evening via social media that he will be a Giant in 2016.
Once a Giant always a Giant. See you in September. @ New York, New York https://t.co/Dl95jAsj2G— Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) March 10, 2016
Cruz has been rehabbing slowly from the surgery to repair the torn calf fascia, but he began running last week. The news that he will remain a Giant re-ignites the hope of seeing him take the field with Odell Beckham Jr. but only time will tell if he is the dependable, and explosive, weapon we all remember.
I'm told WR Victor Cruz has agreed to a restructure with the #Giants. Involves moving some of his money from next year to incentives.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 10, 2016
Art Stapleton is indeed reporting that much of Cruz's 2016 money is being moved into playing time and performance incentives. He has the chance to make his full $7.9mil if he hits all of the incentives.
Victor Cruz's 2016 contract: base of $1.3M, playing time incentives up to $5.5M plus production incentives to recoup rest, per source. #NYG— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) March 10, 2016