Victor Cruz Retires From NFL, Joining ESPN As Analyst


Former Giants WR Victor Cruz announced Tuesday that he’s retiring from the NFL and will join ESPN as an NFL analyst.

Cruz announced his retirement in a video posted on UNINTERRUPTED.

As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,” Cruz said in a statement. “I’m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.

Back in May, Cruz said he was still hoping to sign on with a new team, but it appears as though he felt it was best to move on at this point.

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.

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