Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie reportedly returned to practice Tuesday with the New York Giants, one day after missing the team's first OTA. The reason for his absence, unclear Monday, was said to be a need to attend to a personal matter.
Coach Ben McAdoo didn't really explain DRC's absence on Monday which, of course, stoked the embers of a potential controversy. Was DRC staying away from voluntary workouts because he was unhappy that the Giants had drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round?
Here is what McAdoo said:
"DRC wasn’t able to make it today. We look forward to getting him back as soon as we can. It’s a voluntary opportunity. If he’s here we’ll coach him, if he’s not we wish him nothing but the best."
Rodgers-Cromartie, 30, is in the third year of a five-year, $35 million contract. The guaranteed $13.98 million portion of that contract has all been paid. With Apple and Janoris Jenkins in the fold, and with Rodgers-Cromartie having come on and off the field consistently during his two years with the Giants due to nagging injuries, there has been speculation about his future.
Though no reports of potential suitors have surfaces, some have wondered if the Giants would deal DRC. There is also chatter that 2016 will be DRC's last season with the Giants, especially if Apple shows promise during his rookie season.
Rodgers-Cromartie's future with the Giants is obviously unclear. What is clear, though, is that the 2016 Giants remain thin at cornerback even with a healthy DRC, and they are much better off with him than without him.
Thus, his presence at Tuesday's workout has to be seen as a good thing.
Remaining OTA schedule
Thursday, May 26
Wednesday, June 1 (media accoess)
Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Monday, June 6 (media access)
Tuesday, June 7
Thursday, June 9
Friday, June 10
Mandatory minicamp will be held from June 14-16 (media access)