30 Players in 30 Days: Dominique Rogers-Cromartie

The talented defensive back had a terrific performance last year with Big Blue.

Player Profile: Drafted 16th overall out of Tennessee State by the Cardinals back in 2008, Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has played for the Eagles and Broncos as well before heading to the Giants in 2014. In two seasons with the Giants, Rodgers-Cromartie has five total picks along with 96 total tackles, eight assists and one touchdown. The veteran will enter his ninth year in the league in 2016, his third with the Giants.

2015 highlights: DRC, as he is infectiously known, had one of the best years of his career in 2015 with the G-men. A Giants secondary that was plagued with injury relied heavily on the eight-year veteran to lock up the opponents’ best receiver. Rodgers-Cromartie started in 15 of 16 games, only missing the week three win over Washington due to a concussion. Rogers-Cromartie, 29, earned himself his second trip to the Pro Bowl thanks to a stat line that was almost identical to his 2010 Pro Bowl season. He finished 2015 with 58 total tackles, three interceptions and one touchdown on 72 return yards. DRC’s best game came in the second battle with the Cowboys at home where he picked off backup QB, Matt Cassel, twice returning one for a 58-yd pick six. Cromartie became the first cornerback for Big Blue to receive a Pro Bowl invitation since Mark Haynes in 1984.

Contract Situation: Rodgers-Cromartie signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Giants in 2014, which will keep him with the Giants until 2019. Earning almost $14 guaranteed, this is DRC’s longest contract of his career. In 2016, DRC will earn about $8 million. This five-year contract is the most years Rodgers-Cromartie has ever signed with a team during his career.

Tradeable/Untradeable: Entering the third year of the five-year deal in 2016, DRC should be checked off as untradeable due to the Giants needing seasoned veterans at the cornerback position as well as his stellar production in 2015.

2016 Outlook: DRC seems to have found a home in New York unlike the past few years bouncing from team to team. He fits well in the system that Spagnuolo runs, and within a group of young up and comers, Rodgers-Cromartie plays the wise old man role as a leader in the secondary. The Giants no doubt need remodeling on the defensive side of the ball, but DRC has solidified his spot as a dynamic cornerback for Big Blue and will aim to pick up where he left off in 2015. 

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