Wide receiver Cruz grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, near the Giants' practice facility and spent seven seasons with the franchise after joining as an undrafted free agent.
He did return in 2016, but it wasn't the same Victor Cruz everyone remembered in 2011 and 2012, dominating on the field and putting up over 1,000-yard seasons. But Cruz said he's not done with the game.
Cruz caught 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown last season, but only had 15 catches over the final nine games of the season. Unfortunately, Cruz's production began to drop after that season.
Offseason outlook: The Giants will need to add at least one back, either in free agency or the NFL Draft.
Overall I'd say it's doubtful that Tennessee decides to take a flyer on Cruz. Cruz suffered a sprained ankle after making a 46-yard catch that set up a Giants touchdown against the Eagles in November. Jennings, 31, was passed on the running back depth chart at the tail end of 2016 by rookie Paul Perkins, which likely spelled the end of his tenure in NY. Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Cruz went down with a major knee injury that cost him the rest of the season. The Ravens may want a bigger name at wide receiver, but can they really afford a top-tier player at that position? After missing a year and a half of action, Cruz did pretty well considering.
The team will release Jennings on Monday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to NJ Advance Media.
Victor Cruz, an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of the University of MA, wasted no time making a name for himself by leading all receivers in yardage in his first preseason.