Instant Debate: Is Cruz overpaid?
Cruz could earn $43 million on a five-year extension that will be added to his current one-year, $2.879 million restricted tender. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Monday that Cruz will receive $15.6 million guaranteed, according to a source involved in the negotiations. That would make the entire contract a six-year, $45.879 million deal.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports first reported the news.
Kinkhabwala reported in June that Cruz indicated he nearly was ready to sign. Cruz wanted to avoid a season in limbo after possibly playing cautious late last season.
The contract is a win-win for both sides. The extension can be advertised as worth $8.6 million annually by Cruz's agent, which puts him knocking on the door of a top-10 receiver. In reality, the entire six-year contract is a team-friendly contract worth under $8 million per year.
Nicks' uncertain future
Most importantly, Cruz receives long-term financial security that is hard to find for an undrafted player who mainly lines up in the slot. He eliminates much of the risk of a value-changing injury in 2013. And the Giants get a great starter at what could be seen as a No. 2 receiver price, while the team eyes an even bigger deal with Hakeem Nicks next year. If the Giants can't come to terms with Nicks, the franchise tag should be an option.