A couple of interesting NFL players hit the market today as the Giants did a little housecleaning. Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings will hit the market as the Giants clear cap space.
Source: #Giants have released Victor Cruz. Update here: https://t.co/p7eax5Lra5 via @northjersey— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) February 13, 2017
The Giants are also releasing starting RB Rashad Jennings, per sources. He was set to count over $3M vs salary cap and will save them $2.5M.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) February 13, 2017
Cruz was set to represent $9.4 million against the cap in 2017. His release saves the team $7.5 million. The one-time Pro Bowl receiver was coming off his worst season in the NFL, averaging just 39.1 yards per game. Since his breakout 2011 season in which he caught 82 passes for 1536 yards, his numbers have gone down every season, nearly across the board.
How much the 30-year-old former undrafted receiver has to offer now is hard to say. The Raiders could use another receiver to be certain and even with a career worst season in 2016, Cruz’s numbers are still far better than that of Seth Roberts.
Jennings was a 7th round pick by Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville in 2009. After three years there, he spent one season in Oakland in 2013, putting up his best season at that point in his career with 733 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns (still a career high). It earned him his deal in New York and he went on to set a new career high in 2015, rushing for 863 yards. He’s set to turn 32 and saves the Giants $2.5 million against the cap.