WR Cruz visits with Panthers

I'm told Victor Cruz is returning now, from his visit with the #Panthers today.

Cruz, who was released by the Giants last week, visited the Carolina Panthers over the weekend, according to Black and Blue Review.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman was in the Giants' front office in 2010 when Cruz was signed as an undrafted free agent.

Cruz left without a contract but is expected to talk with at least one other team, according to the report.

With Ted Ginn Jr. set to become an unrestricted free agent, Cruz as a potential replacement option doesn't seem too far-fetched.

Gettleman was in the Giants' front office when Cruz was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of MA in 2010.

However, he was derailed in 2014 when he suffered a torn patellar tendon in his knee and missed the entire 2015 season after suffering a calf injury while rehabbing his knee. After missing nearly two full seasons with a torn patellar tendon and a calf injury in 2014 and 2015, Cruz returned to form in 2016, recording 39 receptions for 586 yards. The Panthers could also be looking for a veteran presence in the slot as a target for quarterback Cam Newton to complement Wayne native and Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen.

Cruz, who played seven years with the Giants, was released last week, saving the team $7.5 million to spend elsewhere.

  • Julie Sanders