Published: Tue, February 14, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Victor Cruz, former UMass wide receiver, released by New York Giants

Victor Cruz, former UMass wide receiver, released by New York Giants

And Cruz isn't the only starter being let go: ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Ranaan tweeted that the team is also parting ways with running back Rashad Jennings. He was going to count $9.4 million against the cap next season, and by releasing him, NY creates $7.5 million in cap space.

When Cotchery left after the Super Bowl season of 2015, no one stepped up to grab that slot - or leadership - role in the receivers' meeting room. Although he is on the wrong side of 30, his career will likely continue with a new club in 2017.

With the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr. over the last three years, it seems as if the Giants felt it was time to pull the plug on Cruz's tenure in NY. It has been fantastic to see him grow from an undrafted free agent to a Pro Bowl player and one of our go-to guys during the Super Bowl XLVI run. He played in three games that regular season, accumulating no stats, before being placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. It was an expected decision, but it broke the hearts of many Giants fans who had been loyal to Cruz during his memorable seasons with NY. His career may not be over but barring a significant pay cut, his Giants legacy is now officially written.

Victor Cruz's salsa days are over in the Big Apple.

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The now married couple fell head over heels in love with each other before tying the knot in September 2014. Well-connected Hollywood source Julie Chen made the claim on her American TV show, The Talk .

In 2014, Cruz suffered a devastating knee injury against the Philadelphia Eagles, tearing his patellar tendon.

"It's been an unbelievable journey", Cruz said.

It isn't to say that Cruz wasn't productive, just that the Giants' youth movement at wide receiver certainly foreshadowed that 2016 would be his swan song in Giants blue. A former seventh-round pick by the Jaguars, he previously spent four seasons in Jacksonville and one in Oakland.

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