Cb Drc Reached Agreement With Giants On A Five-Year Deal List of remaining CBs left on the market
Posted 17 March 2014 - 05:28 PM
Posted 17 March 2014 - 07:59 PM
"Rex is pissed," one friend of Ryan told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
Ryan's annoyance is less interesting to us than the reality that this kind of story is leaking to the New York media. Mehta's colleague Gary Myers wrote a long piece last week explaining how owner Woody Johnson and general manager John Idzik didn't want to bring Revis back.
After DRC signed with the Giants, one Jets employee told Mehta that Idzik "operates on his own time and schedule. Unbelievable."
In fairness to Idzik, the Jets have made mistakes on contracts in the past when they acted emotionally or did the "popular" move. The Jets had Rodgers-Cromartie in their building before his visit with the Giants, but the Jets apparently didn't value him enough.
The contrast between Ryan and Idzik, meanwhile, could continue to play out in the media despite last season's oddly happy ending. Idzik is thinking long term. Ryan needs to win this season to keep his job, and he doesn't have the players to pull it off.
Posted 17 March 2014 - 08:02 PM
"It's like going from Alcatraz to Dorney Park."
It is better to destroy than create what is meaningless, so the picture will not be finished.
Posted 17 March 2014 - 08:14 PM
I think that it is probably to be assumed that Rex is unhappy with not signing a CB though, he loves CBs and needs 2 quality man to man CBs on the outsides so he can blitz more.
Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:38 AM
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The Jets did not land yet another free agent cornerback Monday, when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie agreed to sign with the Giants.
There is an increasing sense of frustration about how Jets general manager John Idzik, as he prepares for his second season on the job, is handling the search for a new No. 1 corner, especially since the Jets have about $27.9 million in salary cap space, according to overthecap.com.
The Jets losing Rodgers-Cromartie to the Giants is underscored by the fact that coach Rex Ryan's defense is predicated on man-to-man coverage by his corners – and that is a particularly strong area of Rodgers-Cromatie's game, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Ryan, with a contract extension that reportedly lacks fully guaranteed money past 2015, is essentially coaching for his job again in 2014. He needs to win now, so he needs an elite corner to help a defense that ranked 22nd in the NFL in passing yards allowed last year.
Moreover, Idzik's inability to land Rodgers-Cromartie, who visited with the Jets and Giants over the weekend, will be highlighted by the corner's presence on the roster of New York's other NFL franchise, the source said.
"This is on him," the source said of Idzik, as Rodgers-Cromartie decided to stay in town, but with the Giants rather than the Jets.
Rodgers-Cromartie’s signing leaves the Jets still without a No. 1 cornerback. The team released Antonio Cromartie to save $9.5 million against the salary cap, but has yet to pour the money back into its defense.
Rodgers-Cromartie joins a long list of potential cornerback targets – Vontae Davis, Alterraun Verner, Aqib Talib, Darrelle Revis, Captain Munnerlyn and Brandon Browner – who have moved on to other teams or, in the case of Davis, stayed with their current team.
The Giants gave Rodgers-Cromartie a contract with a baseline value of $35 million over five years, with $15 million guaranteed.
The Jets wanted to sign Rodgers-Cromartie to a one-year “prove it” contract worth $6 million, with options after this year, according to Andrew Brandt, the former Packers vice president and current ESPN analyst.
Now, the Jets might perhaps attempt to bring back Cromartie, a cousin of Rodgers-Cromartie. The free agent corner market seems otherwise bare.
"There's nobody left on defense," the source said.