Giants sign Rodgers-Cromartie

The Giants and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie have agreed to a five-year deal (Schefter, March 17). The deal is reportedly worth $35 million (Vacchiano, March 17).

He met with the Jets on Saturday, and the Giants on Sunday and took a physical with the Giants on Monday (Big Blue Blitz, March 17).

Rodgers-Cromartie had 31 combined tackles and three interceptions for the Broncos in 2013, returning one for a touchdown.




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lindro88
lindro88

IMO if the Jets are an 8-8 type team again this season, its simply because Geno is not the QB of the future.  Rex will put a good defense of the field with or without DRC.  They will be good enough on that side of the ball.  If Geno turns into a legit NFL starting QB this year, they are going to win games they lost last year.  It seems like this whole blog would have a different tone if we signed one pretty good cornerback.  People acting like we are one pretty good cb away from winning the super bowl.  We are one very good QB away from beginning to build a winning team.  Hopefully its Geno, and if not hopefully they draft someone who is.  

dabronx
dabronx

At this point I wouldn't anyone big (really no one left), except lineman to protect the QB and depth @ WR to allow Geno to grow and build confidence. Flop for a year or two to see if Geno is our guy and if not have a high pick to have a decent chance at a franchise QB. Or, if he proves to be our guy, build around him and start bringing in high profile FA's then to make a SB run.

gt73
gt73

Somewhere behind the scenes there is a great book waiting to be written about the political war between the Pats and Jets and the Giants and Jets. Is it Woody they can't stand or something else? I can't see Kraft and Mara doing this because they don't like the color of the Jets uniforms. It's like the Pats and Giants keep pulling this shmit intentionally to humiliate the Jets organization. It's time to get some revenge. Take some of the cash they are holding on to and go after Wilfork, immediately, when he is cut. I'd like to see that big fat @&& sitting on Brady's face for a change.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

 Facy is an effective tool if used correctly to fill holes and set your team up for the draft where you can go after BPA and not have to reach to fill gaping holes. While it is poor management to overspend on big names in Facy and throw money around, it is also poor management to have ample cap space with MANY holes to fill and do nothing or very little. The best organizations with cap space and holes on their team, fill these holes in a cost effective and efficient manner, not sit back and do nothing. Some fans try to rationalize this inaction by going to the extreme saying we should not over spend and should carry money over for our own core for the future, but the simple fact is a well-run team with huge cap space can do both and STILL have an effective facy, the Jets have not. They have the money and several holes and have sat back and let it run right by them. The same fans that applaud inaction will be the first one moaning if the Jets have another 7/8 win season. Very simple, if you have the money and holes on your team, you fill them diligently and put yourself in good position for the draft and the team improves, not sit back and do nothing. This doesn’t mean you have to over spend or be reckless, but you have to take advantage of your resources. Justifying inaction will not get the desired results, it never does. He who is reckless loses, but so does he who does nothing, there must be balance and the jets need to find this. You can have a long term plan and still improve your team for the present, that is what separates the average GMs from the very good ones. Hopefully Idzik will learn this as he is a rookie GM. 

Pat d
Pat d

You don't build a team through FA but it is a tool that needs to be taken advantage of. This off season has been a disappointment.

Signing Cro doesn't 't fix anything. Lankster is better than Cro.

twin
twin

Mind Games Stay Tuned

maxjet
maxjet

Well Jet fans, whether agree or disagree...our common bond is our love for the Jets. So always keep it civil. Signing off...J.....E....T.....S.....JETS, JETS, JETS!

Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

anyone who bought a PSL is a complete sucker. do you buy a license to purchase groceries at the supermarket too? LOL.

Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

you people realize not spending this year lets the money carry over to next year right? oh i forgot the jets were going to win the superbowl with pettigrew, and rogers cromartie who has been on 5 teams in the last five years. teams are fighting hard to keep this guy on their roster. 

gusto
gusto

Well, I was never really against taking Dennard and Allen Robinson with our first two picks. I'm assuming we're not going to sign anyone else this offseason. Maybe some ST guys or another tight end, but this seems to be a quiet off-season for the Jets.


At some point, you have to spend the money, and I'm hoping Idzik spends it on the right guys.

lagoo
lagoo

So now we draft darqueze Dennard. I'm fine with that plus he likes tackling. Relax jet nation.

dobermite
dobermite

Anyone who says "be patient, we still have the draft", as if to suggest we are going to find four or five immediate starters in this draft or a few starters and a couple of major contributors in the mid to late round, all this year, all coming into the league completely NFL ready, well, how do I put this gently, you understand absolutely nothing about the draft and how it works ... absolutely nothing ... less than nothing ... cause what you are suggesting is that the Jets are planning on having one of the best drafts in NFL history this year, if not the best, and let me be blunt, thats not a plan, only a fool would put all of our eggs in that basket, so is that what Idzik is, a fool? 

eric88
eric88

Is that Wilpon in an Idzik mask.

lindro88
lindro88

@Wayno  When you have Manning at QB, you certainly can win through free agency.  Well you can get to the Super Bowl at least.   

bonozoffa
bonozoffa

You're missing the point. Its possible to build a championship team thru Free Agency - not likely, but possible - but it's not possible to build a winning organization in the medium to long term.

James
James

@Wayno  might as well not play the season then right?

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@jake100  Jake, thank you for bringing a dose of reality to this situation.Yes it is good & important to be fiscally responsible. On the other hand, when you have 40+ million in cap space available and you use it to sign one starting caliber player, one replacement that is very possibly a downgrade at RT and then resign a  bunch of mediocre players I'm having a problem seeing what this so called "grand plan' is? He doesn't want to over pay what he deems "C" players "A" money yet he re-signs "D players to fill out his roster.Assuming he knows the difference between "A" & "C" players (which in my mind is a reach as he's done absolutely nothing to convince me he does!) would we not be a better team trotting out those C players rather than the "D" players? Yes DRC has holes in his game but would he not be a better alternative than Wilson as a starting corner?

harvlis
harvlis

@jake100 Bingo.  Right on the button.  Blind followers, who sit back and take it, end up being Met fans.  Good post.

bob
bob

@jake100


Nice article Jake...see what happens.

Pat d
Pat d

My sentiment exactly

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Pat d  Cro will be the same as last season- torched!  Why has no other team grabbed him or even shown interest? Simple, they have seen his performance last season and know a player on the wrong side of 30 with his on / off hip problem will be a liability. Idzik will grab him cheap, b/c nothing is left, and the Jets are in a desperate situation, and then, Jet fans will be happy praising Idzik until he get lit up again. OY

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Floyd Toucanet  That is not accurate! Teams will actually be forced to spend the money if they are not in compliance with the CBA!

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Floyd Toucanet  Right, so do nothing with massive holes and cap space, great plan!  I am not saying we were ready for a real run, but with a sold Facy could have been one step closer and set ourselves up for the draft, where we would not have to reach. Again, an extreme comment that lauds inaction. The best GMs can build for the future AND better the team for the present, that is what separates the average/poor GMs from the very good ones.

Pat d
Pat d

To assume the Jets aren't going to sign anyone else is absurd

dobermite
dobermite

@gusto  Like I said below gutso, even if I were okay with Dennard at 18, I told like being forced into it because this incompetent boob we call a GM whiffed on every elite FA CB, but even if I'm 100% sold, what guarantee is there that Dennard or Gilbert will even be there for the Jets at 18? There are quite a few teams ahead of us who will have something to say about that, and the NFL is not changing the rules on our behalf, they are not just allowing us to leap the other teams so we can take the guy we really want. 

My point is, this is not a plan, I'm tired of people saying "be patient, Idzik has a plan", NO HE DOESN'T, cause if this is the plan, the CB we want in RD 1 than watch other immediate starters and major contributors fall to us in in the subsequent rounds, if thats the plan, its the craziest plan since the Bay of Pigs. 

dobermite
dobermite

@lagoo  Idzik essentially boxed us into a position where we have to take a CB out of need, out of sheer desperation, and that is not shrewd GM'ing, its absolute idiocy of the highest order, and I say that as someone who likes Darqueze Dennard, but I don't like being forced to take anyone, what if Mike Evans or Anthony Barr slides to 18, I don't want to be boxed into taking a CB, I want to let the board come to me. 

Also there is no guarantee Dennard will even be there for the Jets. He is viewed as the best CB in this draft by many and he could be gone by the time we go on the cock, ditto Justin Gilbert, but hey no problem, in that even we can just take Roby or Fuller higher than anyone has them projected. 

Pat d
Pat d

donermite

You do realize from last years weaker draft the Jets had 2 players that started all 16 games. One that started in 12 and played in 16. Another started in 12 and played in 13. One started in 10 and played in 16.

So to think the Jets can get 4-5 starters in this much deeper draft is very reasonable.

lagoo
lagoo

We don't need 4 or 5 immediate starters.

Matt Kelly
Matt Kelly

@James @Wayno  agree with Wayno - he's not saying not to play the season but i'm actually pretty blown away by how many people on this board are taking the "build through the draft" and the "season hasn't started yet" approach.   Tell me honestly, THIS is how you think we should be running it?     blows me away

Matt Kelly
Matt Kelly

@harvlis @jake100  couldn't agree more - the blind followers are killing me.    We haven't won in 45 years!   We also haven't exactly hit it big with draft picks consistently - building the draft is not a sure thing.    I'm happy with our recent drafts but we have a much longer history of failing in the draft (I dont care who the GM is) 

James
James

@jake100 @Floyd Toucanet  so why do we have to reach in the draft again? cause we didn't get a particular big name cornerback? 

Pat d
Pat d

To build a team through the draft is a plan. It is a plan that every good team uses. I think there is a good chance Dennard or Gilbert will not be there at 18. But a good impact player will be there.

dobermite
dobermite

@tal8 CB, RG, TE, FS and another starting caliber WR opposite Decker. 

I would even argue we still need a RT because I view Giacomini as nothing more than a serviceable starter until we can find better. 

dobermite
dobermite

@Pat d  Pat, we had TWO TOP 15 Picks last year and those were the two starters from day one. 

Good luck finding three more immediate starters in RD's 2 thru 7

This is INSANITY and the people who are relying in the draft to make all of this failed free agency moot are really not understanding the draft. Idzik is gambling on a pipe-dream. 

Eileen Yiu
Eileen Yiu

@Matt Kelly @James @Wayno  in my opinion the difference is the we dont have Peyton Manning... in order to dive into FAcy i think you should find a franchise QB first....

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Matt Kelly @harvlis @jake100  matt, where the heck were you guys yesterday when i was getting killed here for speaking out againd the new "Zen Master" and his ridiculous "Grand master Plan" 

zoddie
zoddie

@Matt Kelly @harvlis@jake100 Also, what good is cap room if we don't use it?  The draft is a bit of a crapshoot and the players signed by other teams ranged from above average starters to pro bowlers.  Many of them were affordable.  There was no reason we couldn't build through the draft AND get three nice pieces to fill out our roster.  


Rex can only do so much with this level of talent.

Pat d
Pat d

In all honesty you could add a QB to that list

zoddie
zoddie

@Pat d You can build through the draft (see: The Sons of Anarchy) and fill in holes via free agency (see: safety, cornerback, WR, TE, O-line).  This team had holes.  A COMBINATION of free agent signings and a solid draft would help fill those holes.


Didn't Denver sign this Welker guy last year as a free agent?  That worked out well enough.

dobermite
dobermite

@Pat d  Pat, I never said its either/or, the draft or free agency, its both, a good GM uses every tool at his disposal to improve his team, not just one or the other.

If free agency had been used correctly, and we had the cap space this year to use it, we should have went into the draft with a lot less needs, therefore you are free to draft for value more than need, which is by far the best position to be in. 

Pat d
Pat d

You do not build a team with FA. The track record of that happening are a disaster. If you do not draft good you are not going to win Super Bowl. This is a very deep draft so to expect 4-5 starters is reasonable.

That said I have to agree this FA has not been what I wanted or expected.