Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) - To create more salary cap room, the New York Giants have released veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings Monday.
The Giants have freed up $7.5 million in salary cap space with Cruz's release and created an additional $2.5 million room from Jennings.
The 30-year-old Cruz, who joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent seven years ago, caught 39 passes for 586 yards and one touchdown in 15 games last season after coming back from major knee surgery.
Cruz recorded back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2011 and 2012 but he suffered a torn patellar tendon midway through the 2014 season and missed the entire 2015 season.
When he returned, Cruz's role diminished and fell behind Odell Beckham Jr . and Sterling Shepard on the Giants' depth chart.
"I pretty much grew up in front of the eyes of this entire organization," Cruz said in a statement released by the team.
"The Giants fan base, the community, my hometown, my family. I grew up there. It's very much a family atmosphere and it's very much like leaving your family. That's what it feels like. I did some great things there," he added.
Jennings, for his part, led the team with 593 yards rushing and three touchdowns, but averaged only 3.3 yards per carry -- the second-lowest total of his career.
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