Even after signing cornerback Walter Thrumond and safety Quintin Demps off the free agent market, as well as re-signing cornerback Trumaine McBride, the Giants showed on Monday that they are not done improving their secondary.
They did that by signing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a five-year, $39 million dollar contract. The veteran of six years with the Cardinals, Eagles, and Broncos reportedly chose the Giants over the Jets when deciding where to sign as a free agent.
Rodgers-Cromartie likes what he has seen from the Giants so far this offseason.
"The main thing, bringing in guys from Kansas City, Seattle, you can see what they're doing, trying to bring guys that are going to come in and lead by example," he said, "That's always a plus."
The Giants are now chock full of veteran leadership in the secondary. The most powerful personality of all could be safety Antrel Rolle, who was a co-caption with New York last season and is a former teammate of Rodgers-Cromartie.
"I was with him for two years in Arizona," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "He brought me in, took me under his wing and took care of me. So to be reunited with him is just a blessing. I know the things that he's done in his career and the man he's become. That's going to be a help for me."
With 19 interceptions and a whopping five touchdowns in his NFL career, Rodgers-Cromartie brings some much-needed ball skills to the Giants defense. Last season, he intercepted three passes and scored a touchdown while helping Denver win the AFC championship.
"It's that knack," Rodgers-Cromartie said of his ability to score on a pick. "When I have the ball in my hands, I'm obviously looking to score. Any time I get my hands on the ball, that's definitely what you play this game for, to get your hands on the ball and make things happen."
He's also a durable player, with 92 games played out of a possible 96 in his career. But despite Rodgers-Cromartie's consistent production, he's been moved around often in his NFL career. After being drafted out of Tennessee State in the first round of the 2008 draft by the Cardinals, he was shipped to Philadelphia in exchange for quarterback Kevin Kolb in the summer of 2011.
After a rough first season with the Eagles, Rodgers-Cromartie stepped up his game in 2012 and parlayed that into a one-year deal with the Broncos. Now back in the NFC East, he's looking to add the Giants as the third team he's been to the Super Bowl with.
"I'm glad to be here. Especially with Antrel and talking with the defensive coaches and the staff and even coach Tom (Coughlin), just talking with them, it's going to be good."