On Saturday, we passed along a rumor that suggested the New York Giants were interested in free agent wide receiver Danny Amendola. Today, we bring you additional rumors about the Giants' potential interest in a couple other free agents: cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and wide receiver Julian Edelman. But, as with the Amendola information, we cannot verify that these are accurate rumors (hence the term "rumor").
However, where there's smoke there's generally fire, and most Giants-related rumors have focused on wide receivers and cornerbacks (see: New York Giants Front Office “Intrigued” by Free Agent Cornerback Aqib Talib).
The Rodgers-Cromartie rumor seems a bit less substantial than does the Edelman rumor, with some suggesting the Giants have already contacted Edelman's agent. However, we remind you, as it is with Danny Amendola and Josh Cribbs, there is a chance it's nothing more than a negotiation tactic by the Giants to drive down the price of restricted free agent (RFA) wide receiver Victor Cruz.
Assuming all of the interest is legitimate, it would spell out a clear free agency path for Big Blue. General Manager Jerry Reese appears to getting his ducks in a row, and finding alternatives at wide receiver with uncertainty surrounding Cruz (RFA), Ramses Barden (UFA) and Domenik Hixon (UFA). Meanwhile, the team may also be seeking more stability at cornerback with the "decline" of Corey Webster much talked about, health concerns with Terrell Thomas and Prince Amukamara, and a few free agents (ie: Justin Tryon and Brian Witherspoon) not returning.
Originally drafted in the first-round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, DRC has spent the last two years as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. In 77 career games, DRC has made 197 tackles and picked off 16 passes, bringing four of those back for a touchdown.
Edelman, meanwhile, was a seventh-round pick of the New England Patriots in the 2009 NFL Draft and has spent his entire four-year career with the team. In 48 games he's hauled in 69 receptions for 714 yards and four touchdowns. However, his versatility is what makes him valuable, and he's capable of running the ball (6.0 ypc average on his career) and acting as a return man (1,506 net return yards with three touchdowns).
The alleged interest in players like Edelman and Cribbs may be an indication that the Giants aren't close on a new deal with Hixon and are seeking an alternative to David Wilson returning kickoffs in 2013.
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