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.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018
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
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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 experienceÂ to a Giants team that’s on a youth movement.
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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.