Giants Release Victor Cruz And Rashad Jennings

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 02/13/17 11:25PM EST

The New York Giants' roster underwent some changes early this off-season. On Monday, wide receiver Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings were released. The moves give the team's salary cap a massive boost which will be useful in the long run. 

According to ESPN, the Giants saved $7.5 million by parting ways with Cruz, while the departure of Jennings gave them an extra $2.5 million. Last season, Cruz played in 15 games and had 39 receptions for 586 yards and only one touchdown. Jennings had 13 appearances for New York, rushing for 593 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 35 receptions and a touchdown. 

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the release of Cruz who was a star for New York and a fan favorite. He joined the Giants as an undrafted receiver for the 2010 season, but was sidelined immediately because of a hamstring injury. After getting injured, the 30-year-old bounced back in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In each of those years, he had more than 1,000 receiving yards and was part of the team that won Super Bowl XLVI.

Sadly, Cruz's stint with the Giants started to go downhill in the 2014 season when he sustained a torn patellar tendon. The health setback made him miss the entire 2015 season and in the following season, he was never the same receiver he once was. 

In a statement on the Giants' website, Cruz called the experience an "amazing journey." He continued, "I pretty much grew up in front of the eyes of this entire organization. The Giants fan base, the community, my hometown, my family. I grew up there. It's very much a family atmosphere and it's very much like leaving your family. That's what it feels like."

Cruz stated as well that the memories he had at the MetLife Stadium and while donning the Giants jersey are something he will remember and look back on. Meanwhile, Jennings had nothing but praise for the Giants. The 31-year-old shared that he is "blessed" for having the chance to play for the organization. 

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