It pays to be an outside threat

Although Giants' Cruz got a sizable deal, he'll soon be trumped by teammate Nicks

Originally Published: July 9, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Victor Cruz may not be doing a salsa dance over his new six-year contract, but at least he got paid and paid well.

He entered the league as an undrafted wide receiver and didn't collect a signing bonus. He played three years at a minimum salary and was at risk of being cut at any time. Through hard work and a great scheme, Cruz became one of the most dangerous slot receivers in football.

Although he tried to make a case that he was worth $9 million to $11 million a ...

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