“I’m not retired just yet,” said Cruz, via Ryan Dunleavy. “I’m going to give it one more shot and see what’s out there, see what’s in the market for me and if I can get into anybody’s camp. If not, we’ll see where it goes after that and take the necessary steps.”
Cruz said he was surprised that he did not receive a call from the Giants after he was released by the Bears in September, given that he knew their offense and they were really limited at the receiver position due to injuries.
“Naturally, I was surprised, being that I knew the offense and was just there a few months ago at that point,” Cruz said. “I was a little bit surprised just as a normal human being just as everybody else I came across was surprised as they (said) to me everywhere I go.”
Cruz feels that he proved he could stay healthy during his final season with the Giants and still capable of making “game-changing” plays.
“I think I proved that (healthy) in the last year with the Giants,” Cruz said. “I was still making game-changing plays throughout that year, although they came few and far between.”
Cruz, 31, originally signed on with the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of UMass back in 2010. He agreed to restructure his contract in 2016 and was set to make a base salary of $7.4 million last year when the Giants cut him loose during the offseason.
Cruz later signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Bears but wound up being among their final roster cuts coming out of the preseason.
In 2016, Cruz appeared in 15 games for the Giants and caught 39 passes for 586 yards receiving and one touchdown. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 101 receiver out of 119 qualifying players that season.