Rodgers-Cromartie of Lakewood Ranch signs $35M deal with Giants

adell@bradenton.comMarch 17, 2014 

After failing to reach an agreement to return to the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie found himself in a bidding war between the New York Giants and Jets.

The Lakewood Ranch product parlayed the tussle into a five-year deal he signed Monday for $35 million. How much is guaranteed is not yet known.

The cornerback balked when the Broncos would only guarantee $5 million on a six-year deal.

They later signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Aqib Talib and DRC put himself back on the market. In less than a week he found himself in a free agent’s dream with two teams in the same city fighting for his services.

He spent the weekend in New York, took a physical Monday morning for the Giants and reportedly signed later in the day.

It was kind of a surprise because Jets head coach Rex Ryan reportedly coveted DRC and the organization had a lot more cap space than the Giants.

The Giants and Jets wanted DRC because both have serious needs in their secondary, particularly at cornerback.

DRC is expected to start at cornerback opposite Prince Amukamara.

Over the weekend the Giants also signed former Seattle Seahawk Walter Thurmond, who is expected to play slot cornerback.

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