Losing Dominique Rogers-Cromartie this off-season was a major hit to the New York Giants secondary. The 32 year-old was set to count approximately $5 million against the salary cap, which was far too expensive for the Giants’ taste.
Apparently, every other team in the NFL happens to agree with that. Rogers-Cromartie is still looking for a home, one that is looking to cash in on the old but still talented corner back. Since he has tested the market and realized that no team is going to pick him up for such a price, he might consider a return to the Giants if possible.
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Despite the renewed faith in Eli Apple and shutdown corner in Janoris Jenkins already featured on the defense, Big blue lacks a true slot corner. DRC is one of the best slot corners in the league and would immediately improve the secondary and further promote the new win-first culture.
The benefits would only add on to the hype of this modified Giants football team, for it was not their intention to release Cromartie, but it was his intention to receive more money. Now that he sees that no one is going to offer him what he wants, there shouldn’t be a problem in coming back to Big Blue, a home where he was quite successful.
What DRC brings to the table:
We know that the Giants have gotten better on both sides of the football, which should create opportunity for even more success for DRC. Last season was not one of his best performances, but we can be fair enough to say that everyone on the Giants had a bad season last year.
If you take a look at the season prior, he had 6 interceptions which tied his career high, and 21 passes defended. He will be surrounded by much more talent this season and he was one of the big leaders in the locker room for the Giants. Which is crucial in Eli Apple’s case, for he needs all of the mentoring and guidance that he can get.
Looking into next season and even the future, I believe that Cromartie can offer at least two more good years, for there was a time where he was one of the elite corners in the league. He has built up a reputation that holds him as one of the best cover corners in the NFL, thanks to his lightening quick speed and agility. If the Giants were to go and try to reach for Cromartie, it wouldn’t be the worst idea. In fact, it might be one of the few pieces that the Giants are missing on defense.
The Giants currently have about $7 million in cap space remaining after the signing of former Carolina WR Russell Shepard. They have yet to sign first-round pick Saquon Barkley as well, which should take up a decent chunk of cap. DRC would need to agree to a contract in the $2-3 million range, which would be the absolute max the Giants can spend.