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How Giants lured DRC away from Jets

March, 26, 2014
Mar 26
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Before visiting with the New York Giants, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie spent time at the New York Jets' facility, meeting with team officials. Giants coach Tom Coughlin wasn't worried about losing the free-agent cornerback to his local rival.

"It seemed as if he was going to continue to visit until he found what he wanted," Coughlin said Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings.

Rodgers-Cromartie found it with the Giants, who gave him a five-year, $35 million contract that includes $13.98 million guaranteed. Putting the money aside for a moment, the Giants believe they landed the talented corner by providing two important elements: A specific plan for him on defense and stablity.

This will be DRC's third team in three years, and he wants to settle down with one team, according to Coughlin. The Jets didn't provide that opportunity, reportedly offering what amounted to a one-year contract for about $6 million.

"To be honest with you, he was looking for a place to sink his roots and become a guy who represented a team and stayed there, and worked his way through some things," Coughlin said. "He wanted to be part of something instead of one year here, one year there. ...He jumped on that. He wanted to be a guy who’s associated with a team and be recognized."

Rodgers-Cromartie is a talented, but inconsistent player. He played well last season for the Denver Broncos, but he was a disappointment in the two previous seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Coughlin said the Giants' coaches studied him closely, formulating a plan to maximize his strengths. He wouldn't divulge the plan.

"We have a young man that really wants to be coached," he said. "We studied and we saw some areas we can help him in, and we were very specific about how that would happen. He was very open and receptive to it. We did a good job of it. Our coaches worked their tails off. They spent a lot of time on it, a lot of time."

And the Jets still have a gaping hole at cornerback, with general manager John Idzik taking heat for failing to address a need.

Bradshaw 'excited' at mention of Jets

February, 12, 2013
It’s been almost a week since the New York Giants parted ways with Ahmad Bradshaw.

The running back said he hasn’t “really talked to anybody” yet as he continues to let his foot heal from surgery. But he wouldn’t mind staying in the New York/New Jersey area.

Bradshaw said that he and the Giants left the door open for a potential return when they met last week. But, he also would welcome the chance to play for Rex Ryan and the Jets.

"(The Giants) had mentioned that there was a chance for me to come back. And I'm always up for that," Bradshaw said on NFL Network’s "NFL AM" on Tuesday. "Whatever, whoever needs me, whoever can use me. Whoever I feel that I can get a better chance of playing and helping which team.”

Bradshaw was asked about the idea of becoming a Jet. The Jets’ Shonn Greene is an unrestricted free agent.

“The New York Jets are a team that I'm excited to hear about, just to stay home, not to make a big move from New York,” Bradshaw said. “It's just right across the street from where I am now."

Of course, the Jets, and any other team interested, would have to wait for Bradshaw to heal. He expects to make a full recovery after having a screw replaced in his right foot. Bradshaw had the surgery around three weeks ago and will need seven more weeks of recovery.

“I am just trying to get as healthy as I can before I talk to any team,” Bradshaw said. “I haven’t really talked to anybody. Feel like this surgery was very well needed; I feel better already. I should have gone through the surgery last year instead of getting the stem cell (injection), but I felt great after getting the stem cell last year; I felt it was a great success.

“I will be ready to go for whoever I play for this (season).”
Four Giants and two Jets will participate in the Pro Bowl (7 p.m. Sunday).

Two New York centers -- Nick Mangold of the Jets and Shaun O'Hara of the Giants -- were named to the Pro Bowl but will miss the game because of injuries.

Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/US PresswireThe Giants' Antrel Rolle will start at free safety for the NFC.

Zak DeOssie, Giants, long snapper: The NFC coach, Mike Smith of Atlanta, named DeOssie to his second Pro Bowl squad. DeOssie, 26, also made the team after the 2008 season.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets, offensive tackle: Ferguson, 27, made the team outright this season and will start. He replaced an injured Jake Long of Miami last year.

Darrelle Revis, Jets, cornerback: This is the third Pro Bowl in a row for Revis, 25, who will start. He had an interception in the 2009 game.

Antrel Rolle, Giants, safety: Rolle, 28, made the Pro Bowl in his first season with the Giants. He will start at free safety; the original starter, Nick Collins of the Packers, will miss the game because of the Super Bowl.

Chris Snee, Giants, guard: This is the third consecutive Pro Bowl for Snee, 29, who will start.

Justin Tuck, Giants, defensive end: This is the second Pro Bowl for Tuck, 27, who also earned a trip to Honolulu after the 2008 season.