New York Giants

The Giants Need A Cornerback, Here Are Their Best Remaining Options

With the New York Giants boasting Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple at cornerback, there is still a lack of overall talent at the position. Finding value with minimal cap will be a priority of GM Dave Gettleman.

Here are a few remaining options on the FA market:

 

1.) Bashaud Breeland

Breeland has proved to be injury prone over the years, but when he’s healthy, he’s a decent corner. He had an atrocious 2016 season, and while he improved in 2017, it wasn’t enough for Washington to bring him back.

The Giants could likely grab him on a minimum deal and hope that he can reach his full potential in a different environment.

2.) Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Good old DRC. We love the guy, but he’s getting old and certainly can’t survive an entire season as a starting outside corner anymore. His cap-hit was previously $6 million. He refused to take a significant pay-cut which ultimately led to his release.

Moving forward, it’s possible we reunite with the veteran corner, even after making visits to the Washington Redskins and others. He would have to agree to a deal in the $3-4 million per-season range, but having him back would be a cultural power move and a familiar face for the remaining Giants.

3.) Adam Pacman-Jones

Pacman-Jones is a 12-year veteran and brings experience and leadership to the locker room. He only played and started in nine games last season, but before that he had only missed two-games in five years.

He’s a punt-returning specialist and pass-defending connoisseur. In the past five seasons, Jones has racked up 49 passes defended and 11 interceptions. He earned $6 million last year, but would likely garner only a fraction of that with the Giants. His services aren’t worth $6 million anymore, and would likely settle for a veteran deal in the $3 million range.

4.) Marcus Cooper

Cooper is somewhat of a journeyman in the NFL, spending time on the Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, and Chicago Bears. As a five-year veteran (28 years old), he knows the game and would bring experience¬† to a Giants team that’s on a youth movement.

In 2016, Cooper had four interceptions before being shipped off to the Bears. If he was given the opportunity to become comfortable on a single team and learn the defense, he might be a quality player to have around. Additionally, he would be affordable, landing in the $3 million per-season range.

 

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