Giants cut DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie after failed pay cut talks

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was an All-Pro in 2016.

He is a salary cap casualty in 2018.

The Giants released Rodgers-Cromartie, according to an ESPN report, in a cost-cutting move after a position change was discussed and the sides couldn’t reach an agreement on a pay cut. “DRC,” as he is known, confirmed his departure on social media.

The 31-year-old cornerback spent four seasons with the Giants and totaled 193 tackles and 11 interceptions in 61 games, including 45 starts. He was a Pro Bowler in 2015 and a Second-Team All-Pro in 2016.

But Rodgers-Cromartie was entering the final season of a contract that would have counted for $8.5 million against the salary cap. By releasing him, the Giants pay $2 million in bonus money and save the rest, according to spotrac.com.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the Giants asked Rodgers-Cromartie to take a “significant” pay cut and the teams were “far apart” on the numbers earlier this weekend.

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NFL free agency starts in full force Wednesday, but teams can negotiate with unrestricted free agents beginning Monday. Before then, the Giants could free up more space with other cap casualties: Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall’s contract makes him a possibility to be next.

Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, Rodgers-Cromartie said in January he was open

Article source: http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/03/giants_cut_veteran_db_dominique_rodgers-cromartie.html

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