The New York Giants signed cornerback Walter Thurmond and safety/kick returner Quentin Demps over the weekend. Then, they met with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Sunday and word spread that Rodgers-Cromartie was staying in the area to undergo a physical which led to a lot of speculation that he and the Giants might have a deal in place. Whether they had one in place or not they do now as Rodgers-Cromartie and the Giants have agreed on a five-year, $39 million deal with $15 million guaranteed.
Adding Rodgers-Cromartie to a secondary that already featured Prince Amukamara, Thurmond, Jayron Hosley and Trumaine McBride at cornerback and Antrel Rolle, Will Hill, Stevie Brown and Demps gives the Giants a frightening secondary. This unit has the talent to be one of the best in the NFL.
Last season with the Denver Broncos, Rodgers-Cromartie tied for the team lead with three interceptions. One of those was returned for a touchdown. He also added 14 passes defensed and 31 tackles. He has 19 interceptions in 92 career games and has returned five for touchdowns.
Rodgers-Cromartie will team with Amukamara and give the Giants two of the better cover corners in the game. Amukamara looked like he was finally putting it all together last season and his play helped lead the defense’s rebound that eventually wound up as the eighth best in the NFL and ranked 10th against the pass.
Giants GM Jerry Reese obviously entered this offseason with a plan to get younger and more athletic on defense. He allowed Linval Joseph to walk and chose not to re-sign Justin Tuck. Instead, he focused on revamping a linebacker corps by bringing Jon Beason back and adding Jameel McClain. Now, it is apparent Reese wanted to get healthier and more dynamic in the secondary and adding Thurmond and Rodgers-Cromartie does exactly that.
In recent years it was always the linebackers and defensive backs that were considered weaknesses on the defense. Now, it looks like they might be the strongest two units on the defense that features Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore at defensive end. Not a bad offseason for Reese and the Giants who are obviously doing all they can to get back into the playoffs after missing out in four of the last five seasons.