Receiver Cruz retires, to join ESPN as analyst

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday and is set to join ESPN as an NFL analyst.

Cruz announced his intentions in a video posted on UNINTERRUPTED. He will make his ESPN debut on Wednesday.

?As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,? Cruz said in a statement. ?I?m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.?

Cruz said in May he had a date in mind that he would retire if he remained unsigned, hinting at training camp being the unofficial deadline.

The 31-year-old former Pro Bowler was a member of the Chicago Bears last year before being cut in early September and sitting out the entire regular season.

Cruz had 39 catches for 586 yards and a touchdown during his last season with the Giants in 2016. He missed the entire year prior recovering from a patellar tendon tear in his right knee sustained during a game in 2014.

From 2011-13, Cruz caught 241 passes for 3,626 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was Pro Bowler in 2011.