The veteran cornerback hinted to USA Today’s Art Stapleton that the New York Giants may yet see more of him come next season.
Appearing at Saturday night’s Landon Collins Celebrity Softball game, the veteran cornerback struck up a conversation with USA Today’s Giants correspondent Art Stapleton, who documented their exchange through his Twitter account.
When Stapleton remarked that the Giants beat crew missed him, Rodgers-Cromartie, true to his energetic form, gave a cryptic yet positive response.
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) June 10, 2018
Stapleton also noted in a prior tweet that Rodgers-Cromartie had been getting calls from several other teams. The 32-year-old defender is a free agent after spending the prior four seasons with the Giants, who released him earlier this offseason when he refused to take a pay cut.
At the time of his release, Rodgers-Cromartie, who has also spent time in Arizona, Philadelphia, and Denver, expressed a desire to seek other opportunities and to sign with a team by April. The two-time Pro Bowler and 2016 All-Pro selection had been linked to the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints in terms of a new team.
Rodgers-Cromartie’s release saved the Giants $6.5 million in cap space, allowing them to be a bit more opulent this offseason. The current cornerback depth chart is slated to welcome incumbents Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple, and Donte Deayon, while veterans William Gay, Teddy Williams, B.W. Webb and Curtis Riley were added via free agency.
Rookies Grant Haley, Aaron Davis, and Chris Lewis-Harris were added after the draft and will compete for roster spots this summer.
Rodgers-Cromartie’s 30 career interceptions are currently tied for eighth among active players. He tallied 31 tackles and one pass deflection in 15 games (six starts) for the Giants last season, one that was slightly overshadowed by a suspension issued after the team’s October loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Though the original sentence called for an indefinite ban, Rodgers-Cromartie, who was said to have a heated argument with then-head coach Ben McAdoo in the game’s aftermath, returned after missing just one game.