East Notes: Giants, Cruz, Floyd, Patriots

Here’s a look at the East divisions:

  • Many expect the Giants to come to Victor Cruz with a pay cut proposal, but so far that hasn’t happened, the wide receiver says (link via James Kratch of NJ.com). Last year, Cruz took a big cut from a $7.9MM base to just $1.3MM. To stay on board, he’ll almost certainly have to agree to a similar slash. Cruz wants to stay, but he also concedes that he might be better off with a team that will regularly keep him in the slot. “That’s a good question. Maybe. You never know,” Cruz said. “I think you’ve just got to take it as it comes, eat the food that’s given to you, and see how it tastes. That’s kind of the term I like to use. But we’ll see. Playing the slot is obviously something that I’m best at, and an opportunity to do that would definitely be great.”
  • If Michael Floyd has his way, he’ll return to the Patriots for another season, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com writes. “I hope to be back in Foxborough,” Floyd said. “I love it here. I hope that I can make that happen, for sure.” He noted that he was able to pick things up very quickly in New England despite joining the team mid-season and he wants to see what he can do there in a full year. Floyd’s career was in a free fall ever since his breakout 2013 season. Now, he may be back on the right track with the Pats.
  • The Cowboys worked out quarterback Garrett Gilbert, wide receivers Bryan Burnham and Corey Washington, and tight end Andrew McCleneghen earlier this week, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.com. Pass-catchers Quincy McDuffie and Uzoma Nwachukwu were also part of the audition group, and signed reserve/futures contracts with Dallas on Tuesday. As Archer notes, the Cowboys could have some some upheaval at the quarterback position behind Dak Prescott, as Tony Romo could be traded or released, while Mark Sanchez and Kellen Moore are free agents. Gilbert, then, could be a candidate for a deal down the road.

Dallas Robinson contributed to this post.

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  1. Turk Murpson

    I’ve always liked Victor Cruz. I hope he finds a place where he feels utilized as a player and he’s happy.

    I’m a Pats fan and I’m conflicted on Michael Floyd. One game he is making great plays and the next he looks out of sync. The talent is obviously there and he seems to truly want to play in NE so I can see him thriving in a full season with Brady. It’s the off the field issues that worry me about this guy. He’s already got a few strikes on him and a serious case pending. The fact that he keeps repeating his mistakes raises some serious red flags. Maybe a one year prove it, incentive laden deal might be beneficial to both sides until his legal issues play themselves out. Looking forward to Sunday! It’s a great SB matchup.

    I’m not convinced that the Cowboys feel they have to trade Romo. I understand his contract is huge for a backup, but Dak is still on a rookie deal. No one in Dallas could have foreseen Prescott taking the strides he did to the point of making Romo expendable. I’m sure they had planned on paying Romo season before this season happened. If no reasonable offer is given for Romo, and there’s no suitable backups for your system available, I say keep him until something works. A team will be desperate soon enough for a good QB. Romo may have had some tough injuries, but he’s still a good QB.

    Go Pats!

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