In exchange for the (relatively) meager sum of $577,000, the New York Giants own the rights to one of the league's most explosive playmakers.
For evidence, look no further than Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands, where Cruz blew past the Washington Redskins secondary for his 77-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter. Cruz lifted his team to victory and scrapped a week's worth of RG3 puff pieces with one dynamic play.
Cruz has obviously earned his raise. He discussed it on Tuesday.
"I'm just in a position right now where I'm just focused on football," Cruz said during his radio spot on WFAN (via The Star-Ledger). "I have people, my agents and things like that, to worry about that stuff. But as a human being, you obviously want to -- you hope you get it done before the season's over, obviously."
"My team and my agents, my team on my side, we would like to get it done before the season's (over)," Cruz said. "We don't want to drag it along, and become something that blocks the team in the offseason, and something that is in the media every day.
"We don't want it to get like that. We want to just knock it out halfway through the season, or during the season at the very least, and put it behind (us)."
Pay the man.