ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke things down on SportsCenter and made it clear that wide receiver Victor Cruz didn’t take a hometown discount to stay with the Giants.
I agree with Schefter, Cruz had the choice to play under the restricted free agent tender and then test free agency after this season. There’s a chance he wouldn’t have been offered that much more money from other team around the league. If he had decided to test the market and took less money to sign with the Giants rather than signing with another team for more money, then you could say he took a “hometown discount.”
At the end of the day, Cruz had a choice and he decided to accept he Giants offer instead of testing the market, but no one really knows what kind of money another team would have offered him.