The Giants are moving CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the safety position, where he will compete with Darian Thompson, a team source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
In response to the news, Rodgers-Cromartie said, "All I need is a chance," reports Kimberly Jones of NFL Network.
Rodgers-Cromartie indicated at the end of the 2017 season that he would be open to a position change if necessary.
"Hey baby, you can put me anywhere as long as I play and get on that field a little bit, I don't mind," he said, according to NJ.com. "Free safety, strong safety, linebacker - it doesn't matter. I'm just trying to be out there."
The move comes as new head coach Pat Shrumur and GM Dave Gettleman work to improve the Giants' defense after a tumultuous 2017 campaign during which several players were suspended, including Rodgers-Cromartie.
The 31-year-old Rodgers-Cromartie recorded 31 tackles in 2017 and failed to record an interception for the first time since 2011.
Thompson, 24, played his first full season in the NFL in 2017, registering 61 tackles and one interception while starting all 16 games.
Early last season, when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was asked about moving to safety, he seemed to balk at the idea. By the end of the season, though, he was embracing it. He seemed to get that, since he was about to turn 32, that might be a great way for him to stick around the NFL. So it's really no surprise that it's going to happen, a team source confirmed.
And the Giants are serious enough about it that they think he could be real competition to Darian Thompson for a starting job. DRC played some safety last season and did pretty well. Meanwhile the Giants still have high hopes for Thompson, but he isn't coming off a great year.
DRC can definitely push him. But he also can be a leader in the back of the secondary -- something he didn't seem to be when he was feuding with coaches and storming out of the Giants' facility, earning himself a suspension last year. When he returned, though, he seemed humbled and willing to become a bit of a locker room sage. His teammates even seemed to embrace him in that role, too.
So it's the perfect transition. He can help the team in multiple ways. And as the team transitions to a new coach and new defensive coordinator, veterans and leaders are two things they definitely need.
There is one downside to the move, though: The Giants now face an even bigger need at cornerback, where DRC started five games last season. The Giants are expected to retain Janoris Jenkins, despite his large salary cap number. And it appears the troubled Eli Apple will return too, but after a miserable second season it's hard to imagine the Giants will completely count on him.
So add cornerback to the Giants' list of offseason priorities, with free agency set to begin on March 14.