As of Friday, the New York Jets have expressed an interest in signing free agent cornerback Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie.
With Antonio Cromartie’s recent release, it is pretty apparent that the Jets are in the market for a cornerback. As of right now, the team’s top corners are Dee Milliner and Kyle Wilson, who have both caused frustration for Jets’ fans on multiple occasions.
With recent free agent signings, the former Bronco is the best remaining free agent. DRC is coming off a phenomenal bounce back season with Denver after struggling in Philadelphia for the past two years. This season, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie racked up three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 14 passes defended.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is scheduled to meet with the Jets in the next couple of days, and one has to suspect that the Jets will do everything they can to make him sign. Since free agency opened on Tuesday, the NFL has seen top corners such as Alterraun Verner, Darrelle Revis, Vontae Davis, Cortland Finnegan, Captain Munnerlyn, Brent Grimes, and Aqib Talib all agree to sign with teams- that aren’t the Jets.
The New York Jets have freed up ample cap space this offseason by releasing Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie, and they are still expected to make another big move. Although the moves they have made thus far have been significant, they have also been scarce. After just two free agent signings in four days (WR Eric Decker and OT Breno Giacomini), the Jets still have several needs on the roster.
The cornerback position is likely the most prevalent need for the Jets right now, and as of now Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Antonio Cromartie are probably the two best available corners, with a huge disparity between Cromartie and the next best. If the Jets can’t sign DRC, they may be forced to resign Antonio Cromartie to a smaller contract or they might need to use their first round draft pick on a corner.
With all these scenarios, signing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is probably the best option, and it is reassuring to Jets’ fans that Idzik is pursuing the top available corner.