Paul Schwartz of the NY Post posted numbers of what the Giants are believed to be offering Victor Cruz:
There is a standing offer from the Giants averaging slightly more than $7 million per year, believed to be a four- or five-year deal worth between $29 and $36 million, with $12 million to $15 million in guaranteed money.
Schwartz noted a few receivers who recently received bigger paydays:
Cruz the past two seasons has caught more passes for more yards and more touchdowns than Vincent Jackson, Dwayne Bowe and DeSean Jackson, plus Cruz gets bonus points for doing it for a championship team. All three signed deals for more than $10 million a year, but the Giants aren’t going there.
Here are the numbers those three receivers got, in comparison to Cruz’s offer (we’ll use the 5 year version):
While Schwartz notes that over the last two seasons, Cruz had better numbers than Jackson, Jackson, and Bowe, it’s also fair to note that Cruz’s receiving yards dropped from 1,536 in 2011 to 1,092 in 2012. The Giants are absolutely playing this correctly. There’s zero reason to pay him what he might command on the open market a year before you have to. That’s the tradeoff. Want to guarantee you’re wealthy for life, whether or not you get injured? You can do a deal now, but you won’t max out. There’s no need to for the Giants to bid against themselves, like another team in the division.
Rich Tandler of CSN Washington doesn’t think the Redskins will be pursuing any other veteran CBs, now that Antoine Winfield is likely off the market. I agree. The strength of this draft is at CB, S, and TE, which are all thought to be among the deepest and most talented positions this year. That lines up perfectly for the Skins’ needs. As Rich notes, if you don’t address the CB position with a player you project to plug in immediately, there will always be veterans that can shake free as you get closer to the season.
Danny Amendola’s dad is suing Cowboys Stadium for getting hit by a runaway golf cart. I had seen this clip before, but had no idea it was Amendola’s dad. Here it is in case you’ve never seen it. I love how the announcer laughs at the 0:29 mark, without knowing yet if anyone was seriously hurt (which they weren’t):
And the Remix:
The Eagles traded Dion Lewis to the Browns for ILB Emmanuel Acho. Per Dave Spadaro of the Eagles Mothership:
It certainly wasn’t surprising that Lewis was dealt; reports circulated when the offseason conditioning program opened that Lewis wasn’t taking part at the NovaCare Complex and that the Eagles were shopping the former sixth-round draft pick.
I’m not sure if that means the Eagles asked him to stay away, or if Dion just chose not to participate. Whatever the case, he’s gone, so it doesn’t really matter. I liked Lewis more than most, but if the Eagles take a RB late in this draft, there’s a good chance they’ll get a nice player, because this crop of RBs is very deep and talented. I’ll have more on that a little later at The Morning Call.
As for Acho, I’d be a liar if I said I knew anything about him that hasn’t already been said. To rehash the basics, he was a 6th round pick out of Texas where he started 26 games, he’ll likely play ILB in Philly, and he missed his entire rookie season last year with a meniscus tear. Tommy has some more on Acho here. I’ll add that I’m already struggling with the spelling of his first name. I’m confusing his spelling with the “Emmanuelle” movie series that used to air at like 3am on Prism waaaaay back in the day. (If anyone knows “Prism,” I’ll be very impressed).
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