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Victor Cruz says ‘80 percent’ chance he stays with Giants

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz attends

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz attends a news conference where Giants head coach Tom Coughlin spoke about stepping down as coach on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Cruz’s number on his Giants jersey is 80. That’s also the same number he puts on a percentage that he will wear that jersey again.

The Giants receiver who has not played in a game since October 2014 and is expected to have to take a substantial pay cut to remain with the team, told USA Today that his chances of remaining with the Giants in 2016 are “about 80 percent.”

Cruz suffered a torn patellar tendon in 2014 and planned to return for 2015. That plan was derailed by a calf injury suffered in training camp which ultimately required surgery. Cruz is rehabbing from that procedure and is expecting to play this upcoming season.

Cruz is due to earn $7.9 million in 2016, which would be the second-highest base salary on the team as the roster now stands. He’ll count for $9.9 million against the salary cap if his deal is not reworked.

At the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, Cruz made it clear that financial matters will not determine whether he plays with the Giants or not.

“I don’t care about that stuff,” he said earlier this month. “I realize the way I came into this game was on a humble opportunity, and wherever this goes, I just want to play. It’s been two years of not playing. I just want to go out there and play, and whatever happens after that happens.”

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