NFL Notes: Extension for Victor Cruz

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NFL Notes: Extension for Victor Cruz
July 8, 2013, 2:30 pm
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.  -- New York Giants star receiver Victor Cruz has signed a five-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season.

The deal with worth $43 million according to media reports.

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.

Cruz skipped all of New York's offseason program.

The 26-year-old from Paterson, N.J., was an undrafted free agent out of Massachusetts, but he's become one of the most productive receivers in the NFL. Over the last two seasons, he has 168 receptions for 1,628 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Hernandez update
ATTLEBORO, Mass. -- A man facing an accessory to murder charge in the case involving former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is set to be arraigned on Monday.

Ernest Wallace, of Miramar, Fla., was turned over to Massachusetts officers on Friday. Bristol County District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter said Wallace is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Attleboro District Court on a charge of accessory to murder after the fact.

Details of the charge have not been released. Sutter's office has said it would have no additional comment because the investigation is ongoing.

Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, was found slain on June 17 at an industrial park in North Attleborough not far from Hernandez's home. The 27-year-old Lloyd's relatives say he was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee and that the two men were friends.

Prosecutors say Wallace and another man, Carlos Ortiz, were with Hernandez when they drove with Lloyd to the industrial park. They have not said who fired the shots that killed Lloyd. Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated the killing because he was upset at Lloyd for talking to certain people at a nightclub a few days earlier.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers argue the case against him is circumstantial and say he is eager to clear his name. A judge denied bail for Hernandez, and he is being held in a Massachusetts jail.

Ortiz, who lives in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Conn., was arraigned last month on a charge of illegally carrying a firearm on the day of the shooting. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

Cowboys: Josh Brent released from jail
DALLAS -- Cowboys lineman Josh Brent has been released from jail, where he landed after testing positive for drugs while free on an intoxication manslaughter charge.

Dallas County jail officials say Brent was freed Sunday morning by court order. An attorney for Brent didn't immediately return a message seeking comment Monday.

Police say Brent was driving a car that crashed Dec. 8 in Irving. The wreck killed his friend and Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown. Records show Brent's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit for driving.

Prosecutors filed a motion to have Brent's $100,000 bond revoked after two drug tests indicated marijuana in his system. He was jailed June 27. A judge had discretion on how long to keep Brent in custody before trial later this year.

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