It's not completely clear whether the Giants want Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to be a cornerback or a safety next season, but one thing is clear: They want him to be paid a lot less.
The 31-year-old DRC has been asked to accept a significant pay cut, a source confirmed, and if he doesn't its possible the Giants will release him. At the moment, he is due to make $6.48 million in the final year of his contract. His cap hit is a hefty $8.5 million.
It's not known exactly how much of a cut the Giants are asking him to take, but the source said the two sides are not close to an agreement, as NFL Network first reported.
DRC signed a five-year, $35 million contract back in 2014, and was a terrific player for the team during the first three years of his deal, picking off 11 passes - including six in 2016. He had a down season in 2017, though, and it hit rock bottom in mid-November when he stormed off the field during a game, slamming his helmet to the ground, and a few days later had an argument with then-coach Ben McAdoo that led to him being suspended by the team.
He returned after a one-week absence a seemingly new man, admitting "I'm dramatic, man. I'm crazy," and apologizing because "I handled it wrong." He actually turned into a bit of a locker room sage, trying to counsel cornerback Eli Apple, who was having his own troubles with the team, and becoming something a veteran spokesman.
His age, though, and his constant battle with nagging injuries remained a concern for the team, though, which is why a source said there had been consideration to moving him to safety next season. After reports first surfaced about the impending move, a team source pushed back on them saying no decision on a position switch had been made by new coach Pat Shurmur and his defensive coordinator James Bettcher.
First, apparently, they have to figure out whether he's coming back at all. The Giants were about $23 million on the $177.2 million salary cap before their trade for linebacker Alec Ogletree, which figures to cost them about $4.75 million (after they do a little restructuring) and don't necessarily have to cut anyone before the free-agent market opens on Wednesday.
However, a source expected that a resolution between DRC and the Giants would be finalized by then.