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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Dominique Rodgers Cromartie had a stellar 2016 season recording 6 interceptions but he followed that up with 0 interceptions this past year. Evidently that made Rodgers Cromartie expendable in the Giants’ eyes and now the two sides are going their separate ways. Rodgers Cromartie was asked to take a pay cut after he struggled to find his grove in the last 15 games (He missed one game due to suspension). New York had talked about moving the 31 year old to safety opposed to corner but those plans will go out the window too because Rodgers Cromartie is no longer with the team. There will still be a $2 million dollar hit against Big Blue’s salary cap but that’s not too big of concern when it comes to the big picture. Ultimately this will open up a roster spot for a younger up and coming player to establish himself. The Giants really struggled last season with a 3-13 record and that means things have to be shook up a bit. Moving on from former Head Coach Ben McAdoo was part of that sequence of moves. Releasing Dominique Rodgers Cromartie is just the next domino to fall and new General Manger Dave Gettleman is hoping these changes will result in positive outcomes when it comes time to take the field. It feels like there’s also an emphasis being put on cleaning up the locker room a bit. By making it clear that anyone who isn’t all for the team will be purged, it’s sets a good precedent for the other guys in the locker room because now players know they will be held accountable. New York has to get back to playing for each other instead of acting as individuals. Gettleman is a proven winner and expect the G-Men to turn things around rather quickly. They’ll have free agency and the draft to make a splash.
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