Just hours after Victor Cruz was released by the New York Giants, it appears he could be headed to another prominent NFL team.
At least for an interview, anyways.
Jeff Legwold of ESPN reports the Denver Broncos are interested in at the very least bringing Cruz in for a discussion about potentially joining them in 2017.
“[John] Elway, the Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager, has said that team will be ‘involved in free agency.’ And to that end the Broncos were already working Monday to at least meet with wide receiver Victor Cruz,” Legwold wrote.
Cruz was once among the most feared receivers in the NFL until a patellar tendon injury derailed his career. He came up with 82 catches for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns in his second year as an undrafted free agent out of UMasss. Then he hauled in 14 touchdowns in 2012-13 before the injury in 2014 that turned his life upside down.
Then last year, he was the third option for New York until late in the season when he started to lose snaps to the likes of Will Rye and Tavarres King. Still, he managed 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown during the 2016 campaign, his first action following a year-and-a-half absence that included surgery on his calf in 2015.
If he does join the Broncos, then Cruz — on paper, at least — could be a tremendous third receiver playing with Demaryious Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.