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22 February 2017, 12:56 | Simon Arnold
Victor Cruz's search for his next National Football League team brought him to Charlotte on Monday.
After being released by the New York Giants, Victor Cruz visits with the Carolina Panthers looking to add salsa to Cam Newton's diet. The team also released Rashad Jennings, their leading rusher in 2016, to save $10 million of cap space by dropping the two contracts.
Cruz overcame knee and calf injuries that forced him to miss almost two seasons before returning to play the entire 2016 season. And on Sunday, Cruz held his first public visit with another team when he met with the Carolina Panthers.
Gettleman was in the Giants' front office when Cruz was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of MA in 2010. He had only 23 catches for 371 yards and four touchdowns this past season. Cruz would provide a massive upgrade over Brown at the position, and bring some much needed veteran leadership to a position room that missed Jericho Cotchery following his departure after 2015.
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Cruz had only one more 1,000-yard season before he suffered a knee injury in the sixth game of the 2014 season in Philadelphia. Cruz came up with the Giants while Gettleman was still with the organization.
In 67 career games with the Giants, Cruz hauled in 303 receptions for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns. With Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard now on the roster, coupled with his one year absence, Cruz saw less targets than he was used to.
The Panthers need a slot receiver, and Cruz could fit the bill. Additionally, Cruz is 30 years old and it's doubtful he'll ever be the explosive player he once was.
The days are now over of MetLife stadium erupting in cheer whenever he made a catch: "Cruuuuuuuuz!"
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