Mike Francesa: Victor Cruz's Giants Career Was Surprising, Not His Release

Victor Cruz celebrates after making a catch against Dallas

New York Giants release wide receiver Victor Cruz

NY moved Cruz back to a slot role this season, but rookie Sterling Shepard overtook the job as the season progressed. Although he is on the wrong side of 30, his career will likely continue with a new club in 2017. He only had 39 catches for 589 yards and a touchdown for the Giants last season. His straight-on style wasn't a great fit for the Giants' run scheme previous year, and he seemed to lack an initial burst to hit and get through (admittedly tight and brief) running holes at times. During a Week 6 game against the Eagles, Cruz went down with a torn patellar tendon, ending not only his 2014 season, but also helped keep him sidelined for all of 2015.

There are a number of areas in which the Giants must improve, but one could argue that the most pressing need can be found at tight end. The Giants informed Cruz, a Paterson native, of their decision to release him Monday and that he could return, but it would have to be at a reduced rate, according to Stapleton.

"Victor is one of the great stories of the National Football League", Reese said, via the Giants' team website.

Cruz isn't the explosive playmaker that Titans fans want to see the team acquire, but he would be a solid addition as far as helping Tennessee win the AFC South.

But Cruz returned in 2011 and exploded, catching 82 passes for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Post's Paul Schwartz reported Cruz hoped to be offered a pay cut to stay, but no such offer was given.

The Giants not only released their veteran receiver on Monday, but decided it was time to move on from running back Rashad Jennings with one-year remaining on his contract.

In the final four games of the regular season, Perkins had double-digit carries and averaged 4.37 yards per carry.

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