The Giants have informed Rodgers-Cromatie of his release, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Giants asked Rodgers-Cromatie to take a pay cut and apparently weren't able to work anything out. Set to celebrate his 32nd birthday in April, the veteran cornerback shouldn't have too much trouble landing a contract from another team, as he's still capable of working outside or in the slot, even if he's not quite the player he once was. DRC's release increases the odds of the Giants re-signing Ross Cockrell, along with hinting at a desire to give 2016 first-round pick Eli Apple another shot. Janoris Jenkins (ankle) is the only safe bet among the team's remaining cornerbacks.
Rodgers-Cromartie is due a $6.48 million base salary for 2018 and is set for a cap hit of $8.5 million. The veteran cornerback was being considered for a move to safety this offseason as well, but it appears his time with the Giants could be nearing an end if the two sides are unable to come to terms on a lesser salary.
Rodgers-Cromartie may not actually be switching from safety to cornerback, Paul Schwartz of The New York Post reports.
While it may be under consideration, the Giants reportedly haven't made any final decisions on a position change. Rodgers-Cromartie mostly made news last season for his dispute with former Giants coach Ben McAdoo, notably garnering a team-imposed suspension for one game in October. Despite finishing the year without any interceptions in 15 games, the veteran remains an asset at his natural position of cornerback, capable of playing both outside and in the slot. The Giants may want to see how DRC looks at safety, but that doesn't mean they're ready to commit to a position change before offseason workouts have even begun. There's also some chance the team releases Rodgers-Cromatie, as he'll turn 32 in April and has a $6.48 million base salary for 2018.
Rodgers-Cromartie will move over to safety in 2018, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
With a new coaching staff at the helm comes tweaks and alterations, one of which being Rodgers-Cromartie's position change. As of right now, it looks as if he'll compete for a starting job against Darian Thompson but there's a long way to go before any marginal roster decisions need to be made. The 31-year-old failed to register an interception last season while playing cornerback.
Rodgers-Cromartie notched 48 tackles (31 solo), one-half of a sack and one pass defensed in 15 games during his 2017 campaign.
Rodgers-Cromartie, who tied his career high with six interceptions in 2016, failed to record a single pick this season as he experienced a slightly reduced role at cornerback for the Giants. He'll be 32 years old in April, so a position change to free safety could be in store for the veteran in what will be the final season of his contract with New York, Dan Duggan of NJ.com reports.
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