Cruz News: Market For Top Slot Receivers Set at $6 Million
John Fennelly , Executive Editor
Victor Cruz is looking for more money from the Giants (or another team) and today is day he officially enters free agency. Although we haven’t seen it writing, today is the fourth day of Cruz’ relationship with agent Tom Condon, making him eligible to seek out and receive offers from NFL teams, including the Giants.
Yesterday, Victor got a taste of what is to come when he was it was announced he was to receive a sum of $221,303 in performance-based pay. From Paul Schwartz of The Post:
The NFL management council sent out the checks, which are based on playing time vs. a players’ compensation. The system is set up to reward players
working on low salaries who participate in a high number of plays in a season. The league pool for the performance-based pay is $3.46 million per team.
Based on those calculations, Cruz took in quite a haul, as his check is slightly more than 40 percent of his 2012 salary of $540,000.
Cruz got some sobering news yesterday when the going rate for slot receivers was established ($6 million) in two signings around the league. Wes Welker settled for $12 million over two years from Denver and the Patriots gave Danny Amendola a five-year, $31 million deal.
Cruz wants more than that. His previous agent had contended he should be paid as a No.1 WR. The Giants love Cruz, but he is not their No.1 WR…..