You've heard of Victor Cruz. You remember him making plays and you think he's a heckuva dancer. That salsa sure is fun.
I asked for mailbag questions a few hours before the Giants reportedly cut the veteran receiver, so I avoided the flood of questions. But they're going to come, so let's get this out of the way. Here's a little preemptive strike.
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Should the Eagles sign Victor Cruz?
Cruz was once a really good receiver. He made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and definitely had a case in 2011. But now it's 2017 and it looks like Cruz's best football is behind him, especially after that nasty torn patellar tendon injury against the Eagles in 2014. He recovered from the torn patellar tendon in time for a calf injury to keep him out for the entire 2015 season.
To Cruz's credit, his 2016 wasn't bad. He caught 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers would have made him the Eagles' second-best receiver last year.
Here's the thing: Finding receivers better than the Eagles had in 2016 is setting the bar pretty low. The Eagles should be looking for more than that.
The Eagles should be looking to upgrade with receivers that can grow with Carson Wentz. They should be in the market for guys in their mid-to-late 20s who still have more left to give. Not an aging veteran who just so happens to be a better fit in the slot, where the Eagles' best receiver (Jordan Matthews) is also a better fit.
Maybe if Cruz would take a super cheap deal, it wouldn't hurt to bring him into camp and check him out. At that point, why not? But for anything more than that, he just doesn't seem like a great fit.
Sure, we all know Cruz's name. And he would be an upgrade. But the Eagles should still pass.