Giants Release Veterans
The New York Giants have parted ways with veterans, wide receiver Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings. Cutting Cruz saves the Giants $7.5m, whilst cutting Jennings saves the team an additional $2.5m in cap space.
Cruz an undrafted free agent spent seven seasons with the Giants, winning a Super Bowl title in 2011. During his time in New York Cruz posted 4549 yards receiving, 25 touchdowns and recorded 18 games with 100+ yards receiving.
Cruz signed a 5-year $43m contract in 2013 off the back of his first and only trip to the Pro Bowl. However a horrific knee injury (torn patella tendon) derailed Cruz’s career.
Unsurprisingly Cruz has failed to regain the form that made him one of the most feared wideouts in the NFL. Since the injury Cruz has featured in 15 games making 12 starts. The production during those games (39 receptions for 586 yards) just doesn’t match the contract, hence the release.
Cruz reflecting on his time with the Giants:
Its been an amazing Journey. I pretty much grew up in front of the eyes of this entire organization. The Giants fan base, the community, my hometown, my family. I grew up there. It’s very much a family atmosphere and its very much like leaving your family. That’s what it feels like. I did some great things there. There are so many experiences, times and.moments that I shared in that building with that team in a jersey. Those can’t be replaced or forgotten. I’m happy I have those moments to look back on.
A free agent signing back in 2014 (4-years, $10m) the 31-year old Rashad Jennings, once again finds himself searching for a new team. There’s also the distinct possibility that the running backs career could be drawing to a close.
Jennings spent 3-years with the Giants, featuring in 40 games (37 as a starter). During Jennings’s first season with the Giants (2014) he made 9 starts and a positive impression on the coaching staff. The following year Jennings started all 16 games. Jennings Rushed for 863 yards along with 296 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns.
During his time with the Giants Jennings amassed 2095 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns, averaging 3.9 yards per carry, and averaged 7.7 yards per reception.
Jennings reflecting on his time with the Giants
It’s an honor to play here, playing for a team that has so much history, a team that falls under great leadership and high character. In the mecca of everything, the relationships I’ve built are priceless. The people, the fans, teammates, ownership. I’ve been blesses to play with the Giants ans see that side of the NFL. I have nothing but good things to say.
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