Rodgers-Cromartie joins Giants

Updated: March 18, 2014, 3:54 PM ET
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Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie reached agreement Monday with the New York Giants on a five-year, $39 million deal that includes $15 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Rodgers-Cromartie spent this past season with the Denver Broncos. He's also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals. He made a visit to the New York Jets on Saturday.

He is the third player added to the Giants' secondary since Sunday, when cornerback Walter Thurmond and safety Quintin Demps agreed to one-year deals.

The Broncos gave Rodgers-Cromartie a tough-love approach after signing him last March. The defensive coaches, especially coordinator Jack Del Rio, said they would push him to get him to play better.

Rodgers-Cromartie said that's what he was looking for and that he played better with the Broncos than he did in his two seasons with the Eagles. He tied for the team lead in interceptions with three and played, for the most part, in the right cornerback spot.

Del Rio did match him on specific receivers at times, but not all that often.

Rodgers-Cromartie originally signed what went into the books as a two-year deal with the Broncos, but the second year voided five days after the Super Bowl, making him an unrestricted free agent.

By taking a paycut for the second straight season, defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka's 2014 base salary was reduced from $4.375 million to $1.5 million in a move that saves the Giants a little more than $2 million in salary-cap space and likely helped clear the way for the Monday signings of Rodgers-Cromartie and kick returner Trindon Holliday.

ESPN.com Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold and Giants reporter Dan Graziano contributed to this report.

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