According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New York Giants informed Rodgers-Cromartie on Sunday morning that they were releasing him. Because Rodgers-Cromartie was released, he is free to sign with any team at any time.
The move saves the Giants $6.5 million against the salary cap, upping their available space to around $26.5 million entering the free agency negotiation period on Monday, following the recent trade for Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree and Saturday's release of punter Brad Wing. The team had also been contemplating shifting him from cornerback to safety for next season. He would start in only six games last season, racking up 31 tackles and zero interceptions.More news: RS polls: Narayan Rane to file nomination from BJP quota
Rodgers-Cromartie is a 10-year National Football League veteran who played for the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and the Giants, where he spent the last four seasons of his career. The two-time Pro Bowler has played cornerback his entire 10-year career, starting on the outside early in his career before being shifted inside to the slot the past two seasons. After a sensational 2016 season, Rodgers-Cromartie was solid, but not as steady in 2017 and he ran afoul of former head coach Ben McAdoo, prompting a one-game suspension.
It's possible the Giants decide to cut ties with the veteran cornerback and save a nice chunk of change, despite him being a fan-favorite.