Victor Cruz discussing reality TV show
Contract talks between the New York Giants and wide receiver Victor Cruz have been at a standstill for months now. Cruz, a restricted free agent coming off two consecutive 1,000-plus yard seasons, has been offered a one-year, $2.9 million tender from the Giants, but is insistent on holding out for a long term deal.
In the meantime, it would appear that Cruz is making plans for some side work. James Desborough of the New York Daily News reports that Cruz is in talks that would give him his own reality TV show. Cruz seems to have a good idea of what he wants the show to be.
“It is going to be something that is very unique to me and very unique to what I like, and like to do,” he 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,” he said.
Cruz also knows what he doesn’t want his show to be: a collection of tabloid-worthy drama.
“I definitely want it to be my show,” he said. “My own thing, something that I can contribute to and something I like to do, I can be comfortable with, and an easy show, something people like to watch and that people can be in tune with on a daily basis.”
Cruz hopes that his reality TV experience will be different than that of Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries, whose reality TV wedding to Kim Kardashian had a troubling effect on his basketball game.
Cruz deserves to get paid for his work on the field. Getting a long-term contract with the Giants may be hard as Cruz’s counterpart, Hakeem Nicks, plans to play out his rookie contract and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Cruz’s best hope at this point would be to sign his tender and look to join Nicks in unrestricted free agency in 2014, following a similar path to other receivers like Vincent Jackson and Mike Wallace.
Even if Cruz wants to keep the drama out of his TV show, there will certainly be a lot of commotion around it if he chooses to hold out much longer with the Giants.
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