The most underpaid veteran on the New York Giants is cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, per The Ringer.
Even after his once-megastar cousin Antonio has since retired, 'DRC' continues to put up reliable, decent seasons for teams in need of coverage skills. The 31-year-old's numbers won't scream out at fans, but the work he puts in is evident.
Here's what The Ringer had to say about this undervalued asset:
Contract: A five-year, $35 million deal signed in March 2014
Average annual value: $7 million (tied for 23rd among CBs)
2017 salary and bonuses: $7 million (tied for 26th among CBs)
Total guaranteed at signing: $11.98 million (24th among CBs)
"Rodgers-Cromartie is the best cornerback we rarely talk about. In 2016, the nine-year veteran tied for second among corners in passes defensed (21), interceptions (six), and defeats (19), finishing the season as Pro Football Focus’s fifth-ranked performer at that spot. He was a portrait of versatilityfor the Giants’ dominant defense, playing primarily in the slot but filling in at both corner spots, linebacker, and safety."
To date, DRC has registered 391 tackles, 30 picks and two sacks. What's most impressive might be his ability to consistently nail down seasons with at least three interceptions (seven times), even while younger, arguably faster corners are competing against him for playing time.