Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie visiting Jets, maybe Giants
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will have two chances to land with a New York football team this weekend. The free-agent cornerback reportedly will visit with the Jets Saturday. If he remains unsigned, a source said he will meet with the Giants later in the weekend.
Both teams are in the market for a cornerback, and Rodgers-Cromartie is considered the best one still available. The Jets are looking to replace Antonio Cromartie (a cousin of Rodgers-Cromartie), whom they released last week. The Giants re-signed Trumaine McBride, who finished last season as their starting cornerback, but have shown interest in upgrading the position.
Rodgers-Cromartie was a first-round pick of the Cardinals in 2008. He was traded to the Eagles in 2011 and played for the Broncos last year. The 27-year-old spoke about the possibility of retiring in interviews during Super Bowl week and reportedly turned down a six-year, $54-million offer to remain with the Broncos.
That suggested retail price of $10 million per year may be hard for the Giants to swallow, but they have shown an interest in improving their secondary via the addition of a veteran cornerback. They were in the initial hunt for free agent Alterraun Verner before he signed with the Bucs and inquired about the availability of Darrelle Revis via trade when those same Bucs were shopping him.
The Giants won't get to make that decision if Rodgers-Cromartie signs with the Jets. Their need at the position is more pressing with Dee Milliner at one corner position and an apparent vacancy at the other.