Cue the salsa music — Victor Cruz is finally dancing to the bank with the Giant paycheck he has sought.
The Paterson, N.J., native signed a five-year contract extension worth $43 million Monday, one that should keep the record-setting wide receiver with the New York Giants until 2018.
The Giants did not release financial details of the pact, but Cruz will receive $15.6 million guaranteed, a source confirmed. The extension will be added to his existing one-year contract, meaning Cruz will earn $45.879 million over the next six years, an average of $7.6 million per season.
“To be able to be at the top of my position as a slot receiver (and) amongst the best in the league, I think it’s definitely a great deal,” Cruz said in a conference call Monday. “I don’t want to be anywhere else. I don’t want to play anywhere else. Financially my family is set for the rest of my life. That’s all I could ask for. I wasn’t looking at the most amount of money, how much I could get … I just wanted my family to be taken care of and to play in this city for a very long time.”
At 26, Cruz has enjoyed an incredible rise to NFL stardom just miles from his childhood home, becoming one of the most popular players not only with the Giants, but worldwide.
He has never hid a desire to remain with the Giants, with whom he has won a Super Bowl while etching his name in the record books with unequaled production over the past two regular seasons (168 catches for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns).
The undrafted free agent from UMass is the only wide receiver in franchise history to record at least 80 receptions, 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns in a single season – and he has done it twice.