New York, NY – The Year of the Slot Receiver is finally coming into fruition as the free agency season is in full swing. We say Danny Amendols sign a 5 year $31 million deal, with $10 million guaranteed. Around the same time that news broke we saw fellow Fraternity Slot Receiver, Wes Welker, sign a 2 year, $12 million contract. Both receivers will earn about $6 million per year. These numbers are considerably low, especially for Welker, looking at the type of production that the rceiver has posted in his 6 year career in New England.
According to many sources, John Mara stated that Cruz was offered “a very substantial offer”. When Cruz balked on that offer the Giants applied the first round draft tender on the 26 year old receiver. The question for most teamss is do you pay a guy that has produced primarily in the slot number 1 receiver money and lose a draft pick or do you simply draft a rookie to get you something equivilant to that? Regardless, the Giants can match an offer given to Cruz.
The real issue at hand is that Welker and Amendola’s deals may have set a presidence for the market value of Slot Receivers. Can Cruz be an all world receiver being the only threat on the field. Also who will fork over the money for a reciever who has played in a solid system his whole career but never had to play on the outside. Stay tuned.
Avery Mullen, MBA- Beat Writer