After suffering serious injuries in 2014 and 2015, Victor Cruz got through the 2016 season relatively healthy. Here he is again, however, uncertain about what the future holds. For the first time in his career, Cruz — the homegrown, Paterson, N.J. product — must contemplate playing football in a uniform besides that of the New York Giants.
“For me the goal is to remain in a Giants uniform, obviously. But I understand very much it’s a business,” Cruz said Tuesday at the 37th annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner in New York City. “You just gotta control what you control, and that’s my personal health. I started training this week and that’s the only thing I can control, is just how I feel.”
Cruz emerged from obscurity, and plenty of adversity, to set the Giants single-season receiving yards record in 2011 (1,536 yards). A Super Bowl championship, Pro Bowl appearance and national recognition followed.
Two serious leg injuries later, Cruz’s production no longer matches his cap number for 2017 ($9.4 million). He hasn’t had any contact with the organization since the season ended, and didn’t sit for an exit interview with head coach Ben McAdoo.
“We didn’t have one, I think due to time constraints. Coach (McAdoo) kinda canceled all the interviews. So I didn’t sit down with anyone. We’ll see what happens. I’m just waiting.”
Cruz is unsure when he’ll speak with Giants’ brass, but makes it clear New York is where he wants to be.
“They’re going to make their decisions, and they’re going to come to us at some point and we’ll see how it goes,” he said. “Seven years, they know what I bring to the table, what kind of person I am. I don’t think about it man, I want to stay in blue. I want to be in blue.”