[UPDATE 5:00 PM EDT]
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie reached agreement with the New York Giants on a five-year deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2014
More coming shortly.
[UPDATE 4:51 PM EDT]
Giants LB Spencer Paysinger officially signed his $1.431 million RFA tender (which is now a one-year, $1.431 million contract). #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) March 17, 2014
[UPDATE 10:11 AM EDT]
OL Kevin Boothe in to visit the Raiders today because of course. This Giants-Raiders free-agent swap meet is crazy. Boothe a former Raider.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 17, 2014
[UPDATE 9:46 AM EDT]
Jets & Giants battle over free-agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Jets source: "We better get him." #nyj #nyg http://t.co/3MuiIyO3sk— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 17, 2014
Phew! Did you catch your breath yet from a wild weekend of NFL Free Agency 2014 news and rumors, New York Giants' fans? Well, whether you have recovered from the weekend or not, get ready to do it all over again on Monday. The way Giants' general manager Jerry Reese is lining up visits there promises to be plenty of action. Let's look at the players visiting East Rutherford on Monday.
There were multiple reports Sunday night that DRC had stayed over in New Jersey and was going to take a physical for the Giants on Monday. Whether or not that means the Giants have a deal in place with the talented cornerback remains to be seen, but it has to be an indication that Rodgers-Cromartie and the Giants are serious about each other.
If Rodgers-Cromartie were to join the Giants that would give Perry Fewell a revamped secondary deeper -- and younger -- than the one the Giants featured in 2013. Prince Amukamara and Rodgers-Cromartie would be on the outside and newly-signed Walter Thurmond in the slot, with Trumaine McBride and Jayron Hosley providing depth. Pretty impressive, and pretty necessary in a pass-happy league and an NFC East where the Philadelphia Eagles are collecting offensive weapons like they are inexpensive Matchbox cars.
Question is, how can the Giants afford Rodgers-Cromartie, who turned down a six-year, $54 million deal from the Denver Broncos before becoming a free agent? Perhaps DRC ends up costing himself money by not taking the Denver deal, but he is the best corner left on the market and he won't come cheap. The NFLPA web site lists the Giants with $12.805 million in salary cap space, but that does not appear to include the contracts of Thurmond, Jon Beason, Jameel McClain and Quintin Demps. Thus, the real cap space is much less than the listed number.
To sign Rodgers-Cromartie the Giants would likely have to make a corresponding roster move or re-structure at least one contract. Stay tuned.
The former Giant will be at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center Monday, and the fact that the Giants and Manningham are showing some interest in each other is hardly a surprise. The Giants could use wide receiver depth and they drafted Manningham in the third round in 2008, and he caught 160 passes over four years before heading to the San Francisco 49ers in free agency before the 2012 season.
Realize before you get all excited about a potential Manningham return that he is likely not the same explosive player he was when he left the Giants. He tore an ACL during the 2012 season and landed on IR. The knee bothered him throughout a 2013 season during which he played only six games and caught only nine passes, again landing on IR. In two seasons with the 49ers, the soon-to-be 28-year-old caught 51 passes and averaged 10.5 yards per catch. He averaged 14.5 yards per catch as a Giant.
The condition of Manningham's knee is likely to determine whether or not his visit turns into anything more than a courtesy call. As for price tag, it is hard to imagine Manningham has many suitors. If his knee is healthy enough the Giants should be able to get him for a one-year deal at or near the veteran minimum. If healthy, Manningham has to be an upgrade over Louis Murphy. Doesn't he?
Let's do away with the idea that the Giants are looking at the 30-year-old seven-year veteran as the replacement for Justin Tuck. With Tuck now a member of the Oakland Raiders, the Giants do need some depth at defensive end. Damontre Moore and, right now, Mathias Kiwanuka figure to get most of those snaps.
Perhaps Spencer might fill the edge pass-rushing specialist role the Giants hoped linebacker/defensive end O'Brien Schofield would fill. Remember that early in free agency the Giants agreed to a deal with Schofield before he apparently failed his physical due to concerns about a knee.
Spencer has spent little time as a traditional hand-in-the-dirt defensive end, mostly filling an outside linebacker role in a 3-4. What he has always been able to do, though, is rush the passer. In 67 career games he has 32.5 sacks, including a career-high 11 in 2012.
Like Manningham, Spencer is coming off a serious knee injury. He played only one game in 2013 and ended up having micro-fracture surgery. If his knee checks out Spencer is another guy who is likely willing to take a one-year deal at or near the veteran minimum.
Giants' Free Agency Scorecard
Jon Beason -- Signed three-year, $16.8 million deal with Giants ($6 million guaranteed) [Full story]
Justin Tuck -- Signed two-year, $11 million deal with the Oakland Raiders. [Complete coverage]
Linval Joseph -- Signed with the Minnesota Vikings. [Full story]
Hakeem Nicks -- Signed one-year, $5.5 million deal with Indianapolis Colts. [Full story]
Trumaine McBride -- Re-signed to two-year, $2.875 million deal. [Full story]
Stevie Brown -- Re-signed with the Giants. Deal reportedly one-year, $2.75 million [Full story]
Josh Brown -- Re-signed to two-year, $2.6 million deal [Full story]
Curtis Painter -- Re-signed with the Giants. Deal is for one year, $795,000.
Peyton Hillis -- Re-signed to two-year, $1.8 million deal.
Keith Rivers -- Signed two-year, $5 million deal with Buffalo Bills.
Ryan Mundy -- Signed with the Chicago Bears. [Full story]
Jim Cordle -- Not tendered.
Henry Hynoski -- Returning to Giants. Signed one-year deal with $750,000 salary and $250,000 signing bonus [Full story]
Da'Rel Scott -- Not tendered
Spencer Paysinger -- Has signed $1.431 million RFA tender, making it a one-year contract for that amount
Mark Herzlich -- Re-signed to one-year, $775,000 deal [Full story]
Dallas Reynolds -- Received ERFA tender
OG Geoff Schwartz -- Signed four-year, $16.8 million deal ($5.75M guaranteed) [Initial reaction]
RB Rashad Jennings -- Signed four-year, $10 million deal ($2.98M guaranteed) [Initial reaction]
C J.D. Walton -- Signed two-year, $5 million deal ($3M guaranteed) [Initial reaction]
LB Jameel McClain -- Signed two-year, $4.5 million deal [Full story]
S/KR Quintin Demps -- Contract details unknown [Full story]
CB Walter Thurmond -- Signed one year, $3.5 million deal [Full story]