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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Signs With Giants

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The Giants inked DRC to a 5-year, $39 million today and seriously shored up the secondary.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Signs With Giants

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The New York Giants made their first big splash in free agency today when they signed cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a five-year contract worth $39 million. ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news on Twitter. This will be Rodgers-Cromartie's fourth team in six years, and maybe this one will stick. Last season with the Denver Broncos, DRC had probably the best year of his young career, especially when you dive into advanced statistics. Rodgers-Cromartie posted three interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown) and defensed 19 passes. He also accumulated 33 tackles as well.

Pro Football Focus rated Rodgers-Cromartie as their fifth-best quarterback last year. Here is what they had to say: 

DRC’s 2013 was the best of the bunch, posting a +11.0 coverage grade while allowing just 44.1% of targets his way to be completed and just 0.96 yards per the 472 snaps he spent in coverage — only Revis, Sherman, Keenan Lewis, and Joe Haden bettered that mark on more snaps. DRC was atop our board of remaining free agents out there.

With good size at 6'2", Rodgers-Cromartie will line up alongside incumbent corner Prince Amukamara, forming a really solid tandem at CB. The Giants also added more depth in the secondary with Seahawks corner Walter Thurmond, Chiefs safety Quintin Demps and their resigning of corner Trumaine McBride. Antrel Rolle is still around at safety, too, giving the Giants a solid number of options to roll in and out.

DRC is certainly a nice consolation prize after losing Justin Tuck, but the Giants still have to address their suddenly impotent pass rush either through the draft or by finding another veteran player. As they inch closer to the cap limit, that might be difficult to do. A bolstered secondary and improved coverage always helps out a pass rush, though, and that might be what GM Jerry Reese is trying to do.

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