New York Giants and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Might Have Deal in Place

By Christopher Gamble
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be staying in New Jersey on Sunday night so that he can take a physical with the New York Giants on Monday leading many to speculate a deal is imminent. That might not be the case, however, as most free agents take a physical at some point but it is definitely intriguing.

The Giants added depth and talent in their secondary over the weekend by signing safety/kick returner Quentin Demps and cornerback Walter Thurmond over the weekend. However, with Terrell Thomas and Corey Webster likely done as Giants, it would only make sense for the Giants to look to add a corner with Rodgers-Cromartie’s stature.

The free agent cornerback played 15 games with the Denver Broncos and intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown. Giants’ fans might remember him from his two years with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, his best year came as a member of the Arizona Cardinals in 2009, his second year in the NFL when he had 25 passes defended and intercepted six passes and forced three fumbles.

He would certainly boost a Giants secondary that would be a strength on paper heading into the 2014 season, a departure from recent years when it was considered a potential weakness.

The Cleveland Browns have also invited Rodgers-Cromartie to visit, but that will hinge on whether or not a deal is in the works with the Giants. He had also visited the New York Jets on Saturday and the Jets are reportedly very interested in him after releasing his cousin Antonio Cromartie. While physicals are commonplace between teams and free agents if Rodgers-Cromartie didn’t like what he saw with the Giants he probably would have went home or moved on to the next team. Something is making him stay another day and something is making the Giants dig a little deeper.

If the Giants do sign Rodgers-Cromartie they would have Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond, Jayron Hosley and Trumaine McBride at corner which is a pretty deep and talented group. The question that remains is, will a deal get done? We could find out very soon.

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