Allen Kim

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Signs With NY Giants

Mar 17, 2014 5:41 PM EST

New York Giants GM Jerry Reese has been one of the busiest players during the 2014 NFL free agency period, and he solidified Big Blue’s secondary by signing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a five-year, $39 million deal with $15 million guaranteed today. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to break the news.

The Giants got Rodgers-Cromartie at a relative bargain considering his stellar play last season. He stepped up and locked up receivers all season long, and he performed like a top 5 cornerback. He was the best remaining corner on the market by a wide margin, and this should be considered a big win for Reese and the Giants.

Rodgers-Cromartie reportedly turned down a six-year, $54 million deal from the Denver Broncos, and he had to settle for a much smaller offer after the Broncos signed Aqib Talib and the Patriots inked Darrelle Revis. The Giants and Jets were considered the favorites to land Rodgers-Cromartie, with the Cleveland Browns being a potential fallback option in case neither team inked him to a deal. The Jets are now left empty-handed and desperate to get some corner help after being spurned.

With Rodgers-Cromartie now in the mix, the Giants have a loaded secondary. Rodgers-Cromartie will start across from Prince Amukumara, and Walter Thurmond will likely cover the slot. They also re-signed Stevie Brown and Trumaine McBride, and their defense is starting to round out quite nicely.

Justin Gilbert has been projected as a potential selection for the Giants in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but the Rodgers-Cromartie signing firmly put all cornerback prospects out of the equation for the Giants come this May.