"I'm excited to close down and open a new chapter and join the media world at ESPN," Cruz said. "I'm excited for the future, I'm excited for the next chapter, I'm excited for you all to be a part of this with me, and here we go."
Injuries, however, took its toll on Cruz in his final three seasons with the Giants. A torn patellar tendon limited him to six games in 2014 and a calf injury landed him on injured reserve in 2015. He returned in 2016, but experienced a decline in production with just 39 catches for 586 yards and a touchdown.
"My journey hasn't been the easiest," Cruz said in the video. "It definitely had its ups and downs, and some rough patches. This last chapter of my life was a great one."
In seven seasons for Big Blue, Cruz totaled 303 catches for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012.