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New England Patriots had interest in Victor Cruz

The New York Giants have a wide receiver who could become a top target for teams willing to part ways with a first-round pick in the draft in order to sign him. Victor Cruz is just 26, had over 1,000 receiving yards last season, and he went to the University of Massachusetts. Some New England Patriots fans believe Cruz would be the game-changing wideout this team needs, and the Pats did have interest in Cruz. However, they reportedly no longer have interest in Cruz.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, several sources “believed” that the Patriots would make a run after Cruz in restricted free agency this year. However, they most likely will not show interest in Cruz, because he switched agents and is now being represented by Tom Condon. As many of you know, the Pats don’t exactly enjoy doing business with Condon, and that was probably a deal-breaker.

The reason for this is because Cruz already wants a sizeable amount of cash. In fact, he wants No. 1 receiver money, per sources close to the New York Daily News. The Patriots would already have to give a first-rounder in order to get Cruz, and it just isn’t worth giving up a first-rounder (where they could draft a great receiver prospect in Justin Hunter or DeAndre Hopkins) and paying No. 1 WR money for Cruz.

Although Cruz could be a number one guy, the Giants don’t view him as such- that’s telling. They prioritized Hakeem Nicks over Cruz in restricted free agency, and they view Nicks as their number one guy. Now that Condon is Cruz’s agent, his price tag most likely rose, and it just isn’t worth it for the Patriots to go after Cruz and spend a first-round pick and a huge contract (probably worth around $11 million a year).

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