With Hakeem Nicks bowing out of another season with the New York Giants and a series of major changes underway, New York has publicized its newest team addition: cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
After being offered a position by the Jets as well, Rodgers-Cromartie has decided to sign a five-year contract with the Giants. It’s not hard to see why New York wanted him. Did he have a good 2013 season? Check. Did they need a good cornerback? Check. Do they need a stronger secondary and a little Denver magic to rub off on them? Check and check.
This isn’t to say that Rodgers-Cromartie is the best player in the NFL and that the Giants couldn’t absolutely do without him, but it doesn’t matter. It’s not really about that. The Giants will take what they can get, and Rodgers-Cromartie has proven his worth with the Broncos and elsewhere. He has started all nine postseason games. He’s racked up a total of 239 tackles in his NFL career and 19 interceptions. Not bad. Not bad at all.
And let’s not forget that Rodgers-Cromartie is one of the best cornerbacks in free agency this season, and the Giants have been increasingly proactive in coveting new players to step up their game.
But is it really all about Rodgers-Cromartie? After all, the Giants did also decide to sign Trindon Holliday, former kick returner for the Denver Broncos. Maybe Tom Coughlin’s just taking a page out of John Fox’s playbook and picking up the pieces on his trail of broken players, hoping to have a similar season this year.
Insane conspiracy theories aside, Rodgers-Cromartie is definitely an asset to the Giants. His addition has made New York’s secondary a lot stronger than it was before. Even after getting decked pretty hard by Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, Rodgers-Cromartie hasn’t seemed to have veered off his game much.
But why did he pick the Giants? There is, of course, the fact that the Broncos went after Aqib Talib as their new cornerback for the 2014 season, but aside from that what is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) bargaining chip in the NFL?
The contract Rodgers-Cromartie has signed has been valued at $35 million. It’s a great opportunity and a lot of cash, and it’s doubtful that it would have been easy for him to drop it like it’s hot.
And everyone will just have to see wait and see if it was worth it.