The New York Jets are unfortunately in a tough predicament at the moment with their situation at cornerback. After rumors circulating that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was in town visiting the Jets this past weekend, he left with no agreement.
It was only a matter of time before he got picked up by someone else which wasn’t even more than 24 hours later. He agreed with the New York Giants on a big, long-term deal to see his talents go to the other football team in town. Is it time to panic?
No, not really.
It’s only been about a week since the NFL free agency frenzy has been unleashed across the country, and if anyone is a patient man, it’s definitely Jets general manager John Idzik. While most fans will scream that he’s taking too long to sign a cornerback, it’s all a calculated risk. Even though the Jets have plenty of cap space to sign more talent, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will blow it all the first week in.
At the moment, there are about three quality players still available to be acquired if the Jets chose to do so. Don’t forget they could always hold out and go for youth at the position by drafting someone in the 2014 NFL Draft.
At the moment, Dimitri Patterson, Carlos Rogers and Antonio Cromartie are all looking to find teams as soon as possible.
What is the common theme amongst these players? All three have been injury-prone the past few years, so either way, any acquisition from this group will be risky. It makes the most logical sense to simply re-sign Cromartie to the team at a team-friendly price and hope he really wants to come back.
Cromartie is already familiar with the Jets’ defensive playbook and could continue molding Dee Milliner to become the next big thing.
The latest on Cromartie is that he’d love to come back to the Jets, but the Arizona Cardinals have expressed major interest in acquiring him for their secondary. What will ultimately happen? Expect to see Cromartie stay to what is going to be a better situation for him and come back home to the Jets.
If he doesn’t, though, the Jets are going to take even more of a calculated risk with no other choice but to draft another cornerback. This idea isn’t the most ideal since it might not work due to a lack of veteran experience to hold everything together.
Sure, you might have youth and speed, but in clutch moments when it matters most, that experienced veteran makes the difference between winning and losing.