Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is reportedly scheduled to meet with the Chicago Bears this upcoming Monday and then will visit the Jacksonville Jaguars on May 23. The 2012 Pro Bowl receiver is also reportedly drawing interest from the Baltimore Ravens, as the two sides are working out the details for a potential visit in Baltimore.
Victor Cruz scheduled to meet with Chicago Bears Monday. Jaguars May 23. Interest is heating up.
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) May 11, 2017
Also hearing mutual interest with Victor Cruz and Ravens. I’m told sides working out details for an upcoming potential visit in Baltimore.
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) May 11, 2017
Cruz, 30, returned to the football field for the first time since October of 2014 this past season, and he played in every game except for New York’s Week 10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The 6-foot, 204-pound receiver proved that he could still be a viable option for an NFL offense in 2016, but quickly found himself the team’s third top target due Odell Beckham Jr. and the emergence of rookie receiver Sterling Shepard.
Cruz recorded 39 receptions for 586 yards and scored one touchdown during the regular season, and also caught three passes for 30 yards in the Giants’ wild-card round loss to the Green Bay Packers.
The Giants cut their former Super Bowl receiver in February, and Cruz has since visited with the Carolina Panthers this offseason.
The undrafted receiver out of UMass posted back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2011 and 2012, and became famous for his salsa dancing touchdown celebrations.
The Bears and Ravens could make plenty of sense with both franchises expected to add a receiver to their roster before training camp, but Cruz’s connection with former Giants head coach, now Jaguars executive vice president, Tom Coughlin could make an interesting fit in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars have plenty of receiving options in Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, and rookie Dede Westbrook, but could use the voice of a veteran with Super Bowl experience in their locker room.
While Cruz may no longer be the same dynamic 1,000-yard, 10 touchdown receiver he was in 2012, he still surely brings value to an NFL franchise both on and off the field. Some may question Cruz’s leadership abilities following Big Blue’s wide receivers’ boat trip ahead of the team’s playoff loss, but the free agent receiver has since stated his regret for the incident.
Cruz will be entering his eighth NFL season in 2017, and will look to join a new franchise for the first time since entering the league as a undrafted free agent in 2010.