Potential Patriot: Victor Cruz

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Victor Cruz could be changing uniforms, but don’t count on it.

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

This has the possibility to be one of the biggest free agent signings that we have seen in the Bill Belichick-era with the New England Patriots. However, let me be clear: The chances currently are slime to none.

News broke Monday afternoon when Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that several sources believe that the Patriots would make a run at New York Giants restricted free agent Victor Cruz.

Prior to La Canfora reporting the New England’s possible interest, the Giants had placed a first-round tender on Cruz which means that if any team were to come to agreement with Cruz, they would have to give up a first-round pick as well as allowing the Giants a five-day period in which they could match the contract offer.

It’s clear that Cruz wants top dollar, as the New York Daily News reports, it’s just a matter of who’s willing to cough up the money. Without a doubt, Cruz is one of the NFL’s top No. 1 wide receivers and would certainly fit well with Tom Brady and the Patriots—but there’s one major problem: Cruz’s agent.

Cruz reportedly changed agents this offseason, as he decided to go with Tom Condon of CAA.

The Patriots have had somewhat of a feud with Condon over the years, dating all the way back to when New England drafted tight end Ben Watson in 2004 and Condon happened to represent the rookie tight end. However, this feud between New England and Condon could be a thing of the past, as the Patriots and Brandon Lloyd, who is represented by Condon, agreed to a free agent contract last offseason.

There is no question that Cruz would do wonders in New England’s high-powered passing attack—it’s just a matter of how much the Patriots are willing to spend as well as having their willingness to forfeit a first-round pick.

Targeting Cruz wouldn’t surprise me at all, considering that Cruz plays for the Giants—the same team that Belichick stole tight end Jake Ballard from last offseason.

Cruz, who’s set to turn 27-years-old in November, played in all 16 games this past season for New York as he recorded a career-high 86 receptions for 1,092 yards while averaging 12.7 yards per-reception and scoring a career-high 10 touchdowns.

If the Patriots were to sign Cruz, then let’s take a look at a likely scenario: Brandon Lloyd would be cut, Wes Welker will likely sign elsewhere considering the amount of money that would be spent on Cruz, and someone along the lines of Josh Cribbs or Danny Amendola would be brought in—just something to think about.

Time will only tell if the Patriots do have any legitimate interest in Cruz, but I wouldn’t put it past Belichick to stick it to the Giants yet again by grabbing arguably the team’s top player.

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10 Responses to “Potential Patriot: Victor Cruz”

  1. The Vision says:

    Pats lost Welker Kmart shopper Bill B must step up and guy VCruz!

  2. Billy C. says:

    “I wouldn’t put it past Belichick to stick it to the Giants yet again” You mean losing two super bowls in the last few plays was sticking it to the Giants! Cmon man! we grabbed a guy off of IR and we’re supposed to believe Bill is trying to stick it to the Giants.

  3. cc says:

    Totally bogus printed dribble.
    A nothing TE off what? Injury waivers who did squat! What? we carried 6 te’s…? 7? VS Cruz whose a $$$ grubber but not wanting 2 pay Wes enough to stay 3 yrs of TB12’s new 3 yr mark…..no comparison. Even worse than hearing dribble of Chris Canty coming over….or Arrington wanting 2stay in NE… YUK!

  4. Derek says:

    You guys say it is an unrealistic signing but look at it this way. What is our first round pick this year probably going after? An offensive threat. Why would we “Take a chance” on a college star trying to make a transition over giving up that pick for a proven star. You need to understand that Cruz went from being an undrafted free agent to one of the top receivers in the league. That shows how tricky the draft can be but more importantly the kind of work ethic this kid brings to the table. He will be the type of receiver that can get on the same page as TB12 because he will put more into it than our past failures at WR. I may just be hoping but I think this would be a genius play on BB’s behalf.

    • AM says:

      The “why” is all about money. If Tavon Austin or DeAndre Hopkins is the pick at #29, they come for four years on a total contract worth less than what Cruz’s signing bonus would have to be.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Great point! FAR better move than Cruz! Not a big fan of Austin , BUT Hopkins is a beast!!
        My perdictions are Patriots sign FA

        Charle Woodson 1yr. 2mil.
        CB Antoine Carson 3yr 6mil
        CB Derek Cox 3yr 6mil

  5. Ken W says:

    Not going to happen. Why trade and pay big money for Cruz when you could just sign Jenning and not give up draft picks or players.

  6. JV says:

    Not realistic.

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