With Rodgers-Cromartie scheduled to make $6.5 million, the Giants opted for a cost-savings move for a player that was reduced to nickel cornerback duties last season.
Rodgers-Cromartie was the first of three Giants defensive backs ultimately suspended during the season, including Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple, and new Giants GM Dave Gettleman is determined to restore a healthy culture. He was set to have an $8.5 million cap hit in 2018, and the Giants will save $6.5 million on their salary cap by releasing him.
NFL Network first reported the Giants' request of a pay cut to keep Rodgers-Cromartie in blue. Rodgers-Cromartie, 31, moved inside to play the hard slot corner role the past two years, as Eli Apple supplanted him as a starting outside cornerback.
He apparently declined. And on Sunday, he was informed of his release.More news: SNL: Robert Mueller Can't Commit to Collusion in The Bachelor Spoof
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He has spent his last four seasons with the Giants.
He made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and was named Second-Team All-Pro in 2016.
The release of Rodgers-Cromartie comes one day after the team also terminated the contract of punter Brad Wing. They finished just 31 against the pass and gave up an NFL-worst 32 touchdown passes.