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Victor Cruz of New York Giants gets $43 million contract extension
Wide receiver Victor Cruz of the New York Giants is under contract through 2018 after signing a five-year extension worth a reported $43 million.
The Associated Press and The Record (Hackensack, N.J.)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Receiver Victor Cruz has signed a five-year contract extension with the New York Giants that runs through the 2018 season.
Cruz was a restricted free agent with three seasons in the league. Last month, he signed a one-year, $2.879 million tender with the Giants, but a long-term deal was in the works.
“I feel relief,” Cruz said after signing his extension. “I feel I can just kick back and play football again.”
The new deal is worth $43 million and a source said Cruz, 26, will get $15.6 million guaranteed. He will make $45.879 million over the next six years.
Over the last two seasons, Cruz has 168 receptions for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Brent is out of jail
DALLAS – Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is out of jail again, but under new conditions that include wearing a drug-detection patch at all times and not driving.
Brent, 25, is charged with intoxication manslaughter in a December car crash that killed Cowboys practice-squad player Jerry Brown.
Brent was jailed June 27 after testing positive for marijuana a second time.
• Retired Giants linebacker Barrett Green, 35, is suing the Washington Redskins and former assistant coach Gregg Williams, saying a career-ending knee injury in a 2004 game is the result of a bounty program where Washington coaches encouraged players to deliberately injure opponents.
Williams became defensive coordinator for New Orleans in 2009 and was considered the mastermind behind the bounty scandal that led to unprecedented sanctions from the league.
• Ex-New England tight end Aaron Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty to murder and gun charges in a highly publicized case.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft, in a session with Boston media, said if the charges against Hernandez are true, his organization has been “duped.” The Patriots last year signed Hernandez to a five-year contract worth $40 million but released him the day of his arrest.
“If this stuff is true, then I’ve been duped and our whole organization has been duped,” Kraft said.
• New York Jets coach Rex Ryan spent two days taking part in the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Ryan was not injured.
• Matt Russell, Denver Broncos director of player personnel, apologized for his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Colorado State Patrol officials said Russell was arrested Saturday after rear-ending a Breckenridge police officer’s SUV that was stopped on a highway shoulder. Russell and the officer were taken to hospitals and released.
• The Cleveland Browns are giving a jersey to the family of fan Scott E. Entsminger, 55, who asked for six players to serve as pallbearers at his funeral.
In his obituary in The Columbus Dispatch, Entsminger requested “six Cleveland Browns pallbearers so the Browns can let him down one last time.”