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Wide receiver Victor Cruz signed a multi-year deal with the New York Giants that will run through the 2018 season, the team announced Monday.

The Sports Xchange learned that Cruz will play this season at his $2.879 million restricted free agent tender before the new deal kicks in starting in 2014.

Including this year's tender, the contract is for six years at $45.879 million with $15.6 million guaranteed, including a $9.6 million signing bonus.

In the past two years, Cruz, 26, combined to make 168 catches for 2,628 yards with 19 touchdowns.

---An emotional New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft broke his silence on Aaron Hernandez to say candidly if the murder charge sticks, "I've been duped and our whole organization has been duped."

Kraft returned home Saturday from an overseas vacation that began before Hernandez -- now a former Patriots tight end -- was arrested and charged with the June 17 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

In a press conference at the team's headquarters in Foxboro, Mass., Kraft spoke publicly for the first time since the homicide. Veteran reporters on the scene told The Sports Xchange that Kraft spoke against the advice of his attorneys, but with obvious emotion as well as the candor that makes him one of the most respected executives in the NFL.

--- Despite being investigated by the FBI for fraud and reports that his company is $4 billion in debt, new Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said he will not sell the team.

"Absolutely not," Haslam told ESPN Cleveland. "We plan on owning the Browns for a long time."

Haslam's trucking company, Pilot Flying J, was recently investigated by the FBI for possible fraud. Haslam has denied any knowledge of the company's alleged questionable business dealings.

---Denver Broncos player personnel director Matt Russell was arrested over the weekend as he was suspected of being involved in an automobile accident and then crashed into a police car a few minutes later, according to the CBS TV affiliate in Denver.

Russell was jailed in Summit County (Colo.) over the weekend.

---The son of Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor was arrested Sunday for felony statutory rape, sodomy and child molestation charges, the New York Daily News reported.

Lawrence Taylor Jr., 31, is in jail without bond after his arrest in Powder Springs, Ga. He was arrested about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Cobb County Sheriff's Office.

--- Former NFL linebacker Barrett Green has sued the Washington Redskins, Gregg Williams, and tight end Robert Royal for a knee injury Green suffered in 2004, when Green played for the Giants, ProFootballTalk.com reported, based on tweets by Tulane sports law professor Gabe Feldman.

The lawsuit, according to Feldman's Twitter report, alleges that "Redskins coaches directed their players to disregard criminal and civil laws, as well as NFL rules, to intentionally injure opponents."

Williams was the Redskins defensive coordinator in 2004. He was the focal point of the bounty scandal that resulted from his time as the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator.

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