Fair or not, New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been mentioned as a potential cap casualty simply based on the amount of money the team would save by releasing him ($5 million).
DRC, who turns 31 in April, had the most productive season of his career in 2016, as he was named an All-Pro while ranking as Pro Football Focus’ fifth-best cornerback.
But he now serves as the team’s third cornerback with Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple penciled in as starters.
So, instead of releasing DRC, a potential trade partner could emerge in the form of the Miami Dolphins, who are looking for a “big-name” cornerback in the trade market.
Early on Thursday, there was a report that Miami had released offensive tackle Branden Albert – apparently, that’s no longer the case, as they realized he has value on the trade market.
Albert’s cap number next season is just shy of $11 million while Rodgers-Cromartie has a cap hit of $9 million.
Sure, the Giants would be taking on a slightly larger contract but they would also be trading a player who is playing a position the organization doesn’t necessarily need at the moment.
Albert had a tough 2016 campaign with Miami, as he posted a PFF grade of 42.2.
But in 2014, he was one of the better offensive tackles in the game, registering a PFF grade of 87.9.
Considering Albert’s track record as a two-time Pro Bowl tackle, it may be a risk worth taking.