With the market settling, Rodgers-Cromartie came into New Jersey to first meet with the Jets and given their salary cap situation, everyone thought it would be a foregone conclusion that the Jets would lock him up, especially with Darrelle Revis going to the New England Patriots instead of returning to the Jets after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But even after Rodgers-Cromartie and the Jets met, the Giants were still the team that was next up for the veteran corner, and the Jets knew this heading into the meeting. When asked if Rodgers-Cromartie would have still taken the meeting with the Giants if the Jets had offered him a contract similar to the one the Giants gave him, he told them he was still meeting with the Giants either way.
“No matter what I was gonna take the visit,” DRC said.
It took a meeting with Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, then a dinner with Walter Thurmond and Quinton Demps along with head coach Tom Coughlin and the defensive coaching staff and when he returned to his hotel room that night, he was still up in the air about where he would sign, that was until he returned the following day to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for the second meeting with the Giants, where he told his agent that he made a decision to choose blue over green.
“I really prayed on it, to be honest,” DRC said. “I went into a room, talked to my agent. I felt more comfortable over here.
“I just went with my gut feeling and it was here. It wasn’t just the money, no. … A true family and a true brotherhood here."
Now, five months later after Rodgers-Cromartie chose to sign his five-year, $35 million deal with the Giants instead of signing with the Jets, he will get a chance to play against those same Jets on Friday night in the two team's annual MetLife Bowl pre-season game.
The 28-year-old corner who finished a one-year deal with the AFC Champion and Super Bowl XLVIII runner-up Denver Broncos, is coming off a solid season where he had 39 total tackles with three interceptions and 19 pass deflections and will look to bring that play to a secondary that desperately needed a play-making type corner in DRC.
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