While other NFL teams slept early Sunday morning, the city that never sleeps lived up to its name billing. The New York Giants signed slot cornerback Walter Thurmond and kick return specialist Quintin Demps early Sunday morning, simultaneously bolstering positions of need and showing that the Giants are still active in the remaining free agency pool.
The Giants also had free agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in for a visit on Sunday, and Cromartie is scheduled to meet with the team again on Monday for a physical and further discussions. Two-day talks are regular happenings in the free- agency process. It does not mean that the Giants are the favorites to sign Cromartie, but it does signify that discussions between the two parties are real and ongoing.
Although Rodgers-Cromartie is likely to come with a steep price tag, he is the premier cornerback left in the free agent market and would elevate the Giants’ secondary immensely. A combination of Prince Amukamara, Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond would match up well with any wide receiver trio in the NFL.
The Giants’ activity continued Sunday by scheduling Monday meetings with Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Anthony Spencer and ex-Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham.
Spencer, a 2012 Pro Bowler who spent nearly the entire 2013 season on the sidelines with injury, would make sense on the Giants in an incentive-laden one-year deal. He is not likely to be healthy by the start of training camp, but has proven his dynamism when at full strength.
Manningham is less of a high-profile visit, but still significant to Giant fans who remember his incredible fourth-quarter contribution in Super Bowl XLVI. Manningham is reportedly very interested in re-signing with the Giants, will come for very cheap and will provide quarterback Eli Manning with depth and a receiver he instantly knows and trusts.
Whether or not Monday clarifies questions surrounding New York’s defensive line, cornerback and wide receiver issues, Sunday should reassure fans that the Giants are far from content with the status quo.