New York Giants fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief, because it looks like Victor Cruz is staying in the Big Apple. At least for one more year.
That is according to a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson. Her report states Cruz intends to sign a one-year tender agreement, worth $2.879 million, to remain with the Giants.
The move will keep Cruz a restricted free agent. However, it gives both the player and the franchise additional room and time to negotiate fresh terms on a longer contract.
This is a massive boost to the Giants offense. Cruz is vital to Big Blue's passing game. He is the X-factor against all types of underneath coverage.
With Cruz on the field, opposing teams have to respect his ability to produce a huge gain on any play. When he aligns in the slot, his speed and knack for stretching the deep middle zones, draws safety attention.
That leaves fellow star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks often facing single coverage on the outside. That gives the Giants pass attack an obvious matchup advantage against any defense.
Keeping Cruz and Nicks together to create nightmares for defensive coordinators, is essential to the G-Men's hopes of winning back the NFC East crown.
Those hopes now rest on a Cruz-led offense. Despite historically being defined by defense, the Giants now feature a plethora of dynamic playmakers on offense.
Inserting David Wilson as the featured runner will make the ground game more prolific. Nicks is a premier target who should be next to receive a new deal.
But it is Cruz who is the jewel in the crown. His commitment to the Giants means Big Blue will stay viable contenders in the NFC.