Yesterday we looked at the Eagles on the hunt for some wide receiver talent in free agency to help out Carson Wentz at quarterback. There is some talent coming up in free agency at WR but now we can add Victor Cruz to the list as the New York Giants cut two of their most well known players on Monday.
The #Giants have released WR Victor Cruz and RB Rashad Jennings.
— New York Giants (@Giants) February 13, 2017
It would have been no easy decision to cut both players. Cruz has had a fantastic career with the Giants going from undrafted free agent to Pro Bowler and then Super Bowl champion. Last season was hard for Cruz though as Sterling Shepard took up position in the slot receiver role leaving Cruz on the outside. While he did make plays he was lacking the edge that made him Victor Cruz and hauled in 39 receptions for 586 yards with only one touchdown in 15 games.
Cruz felt that 2016 was a step forward and he is right to feel that way considering he was on the return from missing two seasons due to injuries but for the Giants, the return on investment just isn’t there anymore. Cutting Cruz will clear $7.5 million in cap space.
The second Giants player to be cut is Rashad Jennings and with his limited production it makes sense. He is 31 years old and was scheduled for a $2.48 million salary that would count $3 million on the cap. With the emergence of Paul Perkins in the Giants offense there is little reason to keep the veteran hanging around as he struggled last season with 3.3 yards per rush attempt.
Jennings stayed on the field for much of the season because of his pass protection work but the simple reality is that Perkins outperformed Jennings in most rushing categories over the final 5 games of 2016.