Unsigned restricted free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz has been absent from the New York Giants' OTAs, but could be coming to a television screen near you. According to the New York Daily News, Cruz is fielding offers for his own reality show.
"It is going to be something that is very unique to me and very unique to what I like, and like to do," Cruz said. "We are still fielding some requests, so we will see how it goes — the timing has to be right, and I have got to squeeze in some training in there before the season starts."
Cruz has yet to sign his $2.879 million restricted free agent tender as his new agent — Tom Condon of CAA Football — works with the Giants on a long-term contract extension. While CAA handles the football business, Cruz's off-field interests are being handled by Jay-Z's agency, Roc Nation.
According to the Daily News report, Cruz would like the show to be based in New York City and his top priority remains helping the Giants win another Super Bowl.
"We understand the Super Bowl is in New York City, and that is motivation for us . We have got to be ready to go," said Cruz.
Cruz is one of two restricted free agents who has yet to sign his one-year tender (Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields is the other unsigned RFA). Without a signed contract in place, Cruz has been able to skip the team's offseason program without fear of being fined or disciplined by the team. The Giants' offseason program ends on June 13, so it appears likely that Cruz, a former undrafted free agent from the University of Massachusetts, will miss all of those workouts.
Whether cameras for a reality show are rolling or not, Cruz faces an important decision on whether or not to sign his restricted free agent tender by June 17. If Cruz lets that date pass without signing, the Giants have the option to withdraw the tender and replace it with one that is worth 110 percent of his previous years' salary. Cruz earned $540,000 in base salary while catching 86 passes for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and a reduced tender would be worth $594,000, a $2.285 million cut in pay that may be too steep for a player whose on-field earnings (base salary, workout bonuses, performance-based pay) total $1,479,296 thus far.