Written By Brian KroskyMetLife Stadium isn’t the only thing the Jets and Giants were sharing. Both teams had interest in former Broncos and Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, cousin of former Jet Antonio Cromartie.
It was reported Monday that DRC chose to sign with the Giants for a five-year deal, with $14 million guaranteed. He spent the weekend in New York City visiting with both the Jets and the Giants, and joins Super Bowl Champion Walter Thurmond from the Seahawks in a much improved secondary for the G-Men.
As for the Jets and General Manager John Idzik, they have taken quite a lethargic approach to free agency. After re-signing Tight End Jeff Cumberland and adding Wide Receiver Eric Decker, they’ve been quiet with any other deals.
They’ve been reported with players like James Jones and Emmanuel Sanders, but signed neither. They also allowed Right Tackle Austin Howard to sign with the Oakland Raiders.
Within the past two years, the Jets have lost their top two cornerbacks during the offseason. After trading Darelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the draft in 2013, they recently released Antonio Cromartie.
Rex Ryan’s defense is predicated on man-to-man coverage, and the two starters are currently a pair of under achieving first round picks, Dee Milliner and Kyle Wilson. Milliner, who although improved vastly at the end of the season, faced his fair share of struggles in his rookie campaign.
Wilson, also a first round pick, fits best as a Nickel Corner, and has had eleven defensive penalties in the last two years, which throws up flags because he doesn’t play the amount of snaps that the regular starters do. Cromartie said he would be open to returning to the Jets, and they could use all the help that they can
While sitting at the #18 overall spot in this year’s draft is advantageous to grab someone like Justin Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard, which would mean the Jets will have drafted a cornerback in the first round of three of the last four drafts.
Along with that, they still have glaring needs at Tight End, Wide Receiver, and Rush Linebacker. Possible veteran targets for them to add are Carlos Rogers, who was cut by the 49ers, and 12-time Pro Bowler Champ Bailey.