NFL: Giants cut Victor Cruz, Rashad Jennings to free up wage cap space

Victor Cruz's time with the Giants has come to an end as the New York Giants embark on a makeover of their offense.

The team released Cruz and its leading rusher in 2016, Rashad Jennings, on Monday, saving $10million of cap space in jettisoning the two contracts.

Cruz had two seasons left on his contract with the Giants and was set to count $9.4m against the salary cap in 2017. Jennings was entering the final year of his deal and set to make just over $3m.

According to NFL Network, Cruz was doing "OK" after receiving word that his days with the Giants were done. 

The 30-year-old has spent his entire seven-year NFL career in New York after going undrafted out of UMass in 2010. He emerged as a star wideout during the 2011 season by finishing the year with 82 catches for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns and continued his success on the field in 2012.

Things took a turn for the worst for Cruz in 2014 when he suffered a torn patellar tendon in his knee and struggled to bounce back. He missed the entire 2015 season after suffering a calf injury while rehabbing his knee and fell into a No. 3 wide receiver role for the Giants this season behind Odell Beckham Jr. and rookie Sterling Shepard, logging just 39 catches for 586 yards and a touchdown.

"I think I have a lot of good football left ahead of me," Cruz told the Giants' website. 

"I think there is still a lot of miles left on this body. I'll definitely be searching and looking for work as the time comes."

Jennings, who turns 32 next month, rushed for 2,095 yards and added 723 receiving yards in three seasons with the Giants. He led the team with 593 rushing yards last season. A former seventh-round pick by the Jaguars, he previously spent four seasons in Jacksonville and one in Oakland.

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