During an appearance on “The Opening Drive” on SiriusXM Radio on Monday, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was asked how he felt about taking less money than he felt like he deserved.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s tough. It’s tough,” said Cruz, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. When you understand from a numbers standpoint, and the numbers you put up you feel like deserve a certain amount of money … and you want your team to owe that to you. But I think playing in NY, you can’t take that away. You have to hold that up to an account at some point when you’re going through these negotiations. You ask yourself ‘Would you want to play for this amount in New York and play in the best city in the world and play football, and — I’m a hometown kid — be close to home and your mom and your family? Or do you want to take a big pay day and go somewhere like Kansas City or Minnesota where your family might not be able to come as often as you want and you’re living in a city you’re not too familiar with and it’s an adjustment for you?’ So you have to take all those things into account as well. But I’m not going to say it’s easy when you see guys getting these huge paydays and you feel like you’re at the same caliber, if not better than some of those guys.”
As hard as it was for Cruz, he knows that staying in New York and playing for the Giants only opens more off the field opportunities up with endorsement deals. His brand won’t be bigger anywhere else.