The New York Giants may want to trade cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. What would moving DRC net the Giants in return?
The New York Giants are coming off of one of the best defensive seasons in franchise history. New York’s revamped and reloaded defense was legitimately dominant, ranking No. 2 in the NFL in points allowed per game.
Despite the dominant nature of the defense, rumors have persisted that the Giants could break up the unit by trading one of their featured players.
A key aspect of New York’s defensive success was the elite duo at cornerback of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins. Despite that resounding success, Rodgers-Cromartie could be traded during the 2017 offseason.
According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN’s NFL Nation, Rodgers-Cromartie’s trade value is, “Not that high,” and would likely only yield New York a fifth-round draft pick.
Rodgers-Cromartie is coming off of a legitimately elite season, but his long-term value is regarded as limited by those around the NFL.
Rodgers-Cromartie will turn 31 years of age on April 7, which limits his trade value. He has an $8.5 million cap hit, which further limits the interest he’s garnering from teams in need of an upgrade at cornerback.
Even on the heels of what may have been his best NFL season, the unforgiving nature of the NFL is the primary topic of conversation.
Thus, the question facing Giants general manager Jerry Reese is whether or not he should trade Rodgers-Cromartie.
Rodgers-Cromartie finished the 2016 NFL regular season as the No. 5 rated cornerback on Pro Football Focus. He spent most snaps covering No. 2 wide receivers, but stepped up in the clutch on a consistent basis.
That much can be proven by the timely nature of the interceptions he recorded.
Trading Rodgers-Cromartie would entail losing one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL.
Regardless of what Jerry Reese chooses to do, the New York Giants will alter the trajectory of the organization with the decision made about Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.