Thank God. Don't get me wrong I loved Victor Cruz, great receiver that came out of nowhere, the last 3 years have been real rough though. It was great to see Cruz finally back on the field this season after missing nearly 2 full seasons battling serious injuries that many thought he'd never be able to come back from. So, to see Cruz come back and play a full season for the Giants was quite inspirational. With that being said, it's clear as day that Cruz was just a shell of his former self. Cruz played a ton of snaps this year, with the amount of time he spent on the field he should've put up way bigger numbers, and there was even times throughout the year that you forgot he was on team because he'd receive no targets since he could rarely get open. There was a few times throughout the 2016 season that Cruz made big plays that ultimately helped us win those games, but if I'm being honest almost any middle-of-the-road receiver could've done what Cruz did this season for a lot less money. He did take a pay cut, as he should've since no one knew what we were getting out him this year after his extensive lay-off from football, however Tavarres King, a nobody in the eyes of a casual football fan would've been able to produce just as much if not more than Cruz did.
Victor Cruz was a key component of the offense when we won the Super Bowl during the 2011 season, so I thank him for that. At the end of the day the NFL is a business and the Giants made a business decision. It was a good business decision since it cleared up $7.5 Million in cap space that'll be put towards a player, or players, that will contribute a whole lot more than Victor Cruz did this season. I'm certainly going to miss watching the salsa when Victor Cruz scores, even though we didn't see him get to do it all that much this season. Even if Cruz produced a helluva lot more than he did this past season the Giants still would've cut him. At the end of the day he's just not worth the value of the contract he was given so many years ago.
As for Rashad Jennings, I was genuinely concerned the Giants weren't going to cut him because for some reason they loved this guy, but when I saw they also cut him I exhaled a huge sigh of relief. Anyone that watches the Giants religiously became accustomed to watching Rashad Jennings get about 2-3 yards every time he touched the ball, and that was a good carry for him. It was seriously the most frustrating thing to watch. Occasionally he'd be able to salvage his stats with one long run late in the game on a 3rd and 20 draw play, however what he was capable of for the other 99% of his carries just wasn't acceptable for the lead running back on your depth chart. Jennings would constantly hesitate behind the line of scrimmage, essentially trying to do what LeVeon Bell does for the Steelers, except Jennings has about a tenth of the talent that LeVeon Bell does so it'd never work. Jennings, I'd love to say I'm going to miss you, but me literally jumping for joy when I read you got cut tells the true story.
With these two veterans being cut by the Giants they were able to free up a total of $10 Million in cap space. That money will go a whole lot further with whoever they decide to bring in with that extra cash. Some of you might be upset with Cruz being gone since he was a fan favorite, with that being said you'll be a lot happier when the Giants are a better team now because they were able to solidify the offensive line with the money they get from these departures. Victor Cruz helping out the Giants in a big way by being cut, so he's doing more for us by leaving then he would've done by staying. Thank you Victor for the great memories, as for Rashad Jennings, thanks for nothing.