New York Giants star receiver Victor Cruz signed a five-year contract extension Monday that runs through the 2018 season.
Cruz was a restricted free agent with three years in the NFL. Last month, he signed a one-year, $2.879 million tender with the Giants, but a long-term deal was already in the works. The Giants could have matched any offers Cruz received from other teams — so he didn’t get any.
‘‘I feel relief,’’ Cruz told Giants.com, shortly after signing his contract at the team’s facility. ‘‘I feel I can just kick back and play football again.’’
The new deal is worth $43 million, according to media reports.
Training camp opens July 26. Cruz skipped all of New York’s offseason program.
The 26-year-old from Paterson, N.J., was an undrafted free agent out of UMass in 2010. Over the last two seasons, he has 168 receptions for 1,628 yards and 19 touchdowns.
New conditions for Brent
Dallas Cowboys lineman Josh Brent is out of jail again, but under new conditions that include wearing a drug-detection patch at all times and not driving at all.
Brent was freed Sunday morning on bond. He’s charged with intoxication manslaughter in a December car crash that killed Cowboys practice squad player and close friend Jerry Brown.
Brent was jailed June 27 after testing positive for marijuana a second time.
Prosecutors have filed a motion to have Brent’s $100,000 bond revoked after the two drug tests.
Working it out
A federal judge ordered the NFL and former players to negotiate over whether claims of concussion-related injuries will move forward in court or in arbitration.
US District Judge Anita B. Brody of Philadelphia had planned to rule July 22 in a legal fight involving about 4,200 former players and the league.
However, in an order Monday, she told the two sides to try and resolve how the case will proceed by going through mediation with retired US District Judge Layn Phillips of Oklahoma. The retirees want the right to sue the league, while the NFL insists the claims fall under the collective bargaining agreement, and should be resolved in arbitration.
Former player sues Redskins
Barrett Green, a former linebacker who played for the Detroit Lions and the Giants between 2000-05, is suing the Washington Redskins and former assistant coach Gregg Williams, saying a career-ending knee injury is the result of a bounty program in which Redskins coaches encouraged players to injure opponents. Williams was defensive coordinator for New Orleans in 2009 and was considered the mastermind behind the bounty scandal that led to unprecedented sanctions from the NFL. Williams, now a senior defensive assistant with the Tennessee Titans, was suspended a season . . . Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell apologized for his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence. The Colorado State Patrol said Russell was arrested Saturday after rear-ending a police officer’s SUV that was stopped on the shoulder of Colorado 9. Russell was freed on bond Sunday
New Browns owner Jimmy Haslem told ESPNCleveland.com that he has no plans on selling the team as the FBI investigates his trucking company. “We plan on owning the Browns for a long time,” he said . . . Police in suburban Atlanta said a man who identified himself as the son of Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been arrested on rape charges. Powder Springs police said 31-year-old Lawrence Taylor Jr. is accused of having sex with two underage girls. The elder Taylor, 54, was sentenced last year to six years of probation after pleading guilty to charges stemming from sex with an underage prostitute.