NFL Free Agency 2017: Carolina Panthers show early interest for Victor Cruz

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Victor Cruz of the New York Giants
PHOTOGRAPH: Instagram/TeamVic | Victor Cruz of the New York Giants

The New York Giants recently released Victor Cruz. But, the veteran wide receiver has no plans of retiring from the league after he visited the Carolina Panthers after getting waived. The Panthers need lots of help in their roster and a veteran receiver is someone they look to add to improve in the next NFL season.

The Giants waived Cruz last February 13 and another veteran in Rashad Jennings. New York preferred creating more cap space than sticking with the veterans. The Giants saved about $10 million this offseason and they are likely using that to get other players in 2017 NFL free agency.

Panthers get early visit from Victor Cruz

“On Victor Cruz, he is visiting the Panthers, as @BlackBlueReview reported, but sources say his visit is today and not yet complete,” Mike Garafolo from tweeted on Monday. Victor Cruz was with the New York Giants for the last six seasons. He was undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft but convinced the New York front office to sign him after a great preseason in his rookie year. He made the NFL Pro Bowl squad in 2012 and also helped the Giants win the Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots, 21-17 that same year.

Victor Cruz’s best year came in the 2011-2012 season when he had 1,536 receiving yards on 82 receptions with 9 touchdowns. For his NFL career, he has registered 4,549 receiving yards on 303 catches with 25 touchdowns. In two playoff appearances, in 2011 and 2016, Cruz had a total of 299 receiving yards on 24 catches with a touchdown.

Veteran wants to prove he can still play in the NFL

Last season, Cruz and the Giants disappointed the entire year. But, Cruz is still seen as veteran WR that can be serviceable to any NFL squad. The Panthers are likely losing Ted Ginn in free agency so they are looking at veterans like Cruz to fill the hole at wide receiver.

According to other NFL rumors, Victor Cruz could also consider the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles in free agency. The Panthers took the early chance to try out the veteran but he is expected to have more workouts with other NFL teams this offseason. Depending on what happens with his tryout for Carolina, he could schedule visits to these teams later this month.

Reports state that Victor Cruz’s visit with the Panthers went well. But, it’s too early in the NFL offseason and nothing is imminent between Carolina and the veteran so far.

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