After an 11-5 season and a first round ouster in the playoffs, the New York Giants have cut ties with a pair of veteran offensive players with an eye to making some salary cap room this off-season.
Wide receiver Victor Cruz, who spent six years in New York after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and running back Rashad Jennings, who toiled for three years in the Big Apple, were both officially released Monday.
— ESPN (@espn) February 13, 2017
Waving bye-bye to Cruz saves the Giants $7.5 million against the 2017 salary cap, and dumping the final year of Jennings’ pact frees up an additional $2.5 million.
Cruz, who is 30, suffered a major injury in 2014, played just six games and missed the entire 2015 season. He hasn’t been able to regain the form that saw him make 82 catches and roll up 1,536 yards in his rookie 2011 campaign. He struggled to 39 catches in 15 games in 2016, with 586 yards and just one TD.
Jennings, 31, who rolled to a career high 863 yards rushing in 2015 (three TDs), mustered 593 yards in 2016 and three TDs.
Neither were a factor in the Giants 38-13 loss to Green Bay in the wild card game, with Cruz catching just three passes for 30 yards and Jennings running for 29 yards on five carries.