Once upon a time, it was reported that Restricted Free Agent (RFA) wide receiver Victor Cruz was seeking a contract worth between $8 – $10 million annually. Accordingly, the New York Giants stepped up to the plate and offered the youngster a deal worth more than $7+ million annually and $21 million guaranteed. As it turns out, not only is Cruz allegedly seeking more than the $21 million guaranteed, but he’s also seeking more than the initial ask of $8 – $10 million annually.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported on Wednesday that Cruz and his former agent were actually seeking a deal worth $10 – $11 million annually, which would make him one of the highest paid wide receivers in the entire league.
“Several NFL sources said his asking price was closer to $10 million-$11 million per year, which is about the going rate for a No. 1 receiver in the NFL,” Vacchiano wrote.
As the reports of demands continue to grow, Cruz maintains that it’s important for people to not believe everything they hear. On Tuesday, he tweeted that fans should “believe none of what they hear and half of what they see,” but in the NFL and public negotiation, that same line of logic should apply to him.
Whatever the case may be, time is running out for Cruz to make a decision. Teams have until April 19th to sign him to an offer sheet; after that, he’ll have to decide whether or not to take the Giants “substantial” offer or play on a first-round tender worth $2.879 million in 2013 and risk becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2014.
Note: Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson is currently slated to be the highest paid WR in the NFL in 2013 with a base salary of $9.5 million.
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