News broke Monday morning that the Giants have cut Victor Cruz, thus avoiding the $9.4 million paycheck owed to Cruz for the 2017 season. And with that, one of the biggest names at wide receiver in the NFL is now officially on the market. Here are 5 teams that could be interested in Cruz’s services for next year.
NY Jets: No big free agents on the Jets roster, but an easy transition to the Jets for a year could be a good fit to give Cruz a bounce-back season. And the Jets may be looking for a little insurance policy if Eric Decker isn’t full throttle after missing most of 2016 with a hip injury.
Washington Redskins: The Redskins could lose both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon to free agency and, best case, could probably only sign one of them. Cruz could easily step into either role as all three are similar types of receiver.
Cleveland Browns: Why Cruz would choose to go to the Browns is a question in itself, but the Browns will be looking to potentially replace Terrelle Pryor as their number 1 receiver. Whether Cruz still has number 1-potential is a serious question, but the salsa dancing could put a few more butts in the seats in Cleveland.
Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons have to decide if Taylor Gabriel has made the jump enough to demand top receiver money this off-season, or whether to let him go and bring in better value at the position. Cruz could be a good fit here as there would be no pressure to be the top guy, as he would likely be #3 behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. With Matt Ryan throwing him the ball, and one of the league’s top offenses, this could be an enticing spot for Victor.
Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings could potentially lose both their top-producing WR for the second half of the season in Adam Thielen and their WR/main kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson to free agency this off-season and Victor Cruz could help fill both of those roles. Minnesota could be desperate to avoid falling into a losing record and are still somewhat reeling from the Teddy Bridgewater injury, so they could be willing to overpay for someone like Cruz for both production and star-power.