Which free agent signing surprised GM Reese?

Posted May 6, 2014

GM Jerry Reese sits down with Paul Dottino and discussed the Giants offseason moves

When you lose a lot of free agents, you have to bring in a lot of free agents.


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That was how the offseason played out for the Giants as they re-stocked their roster this year with the signing of an NFL-high 16 veteran free agents.

Two of the most accomplished additions were cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz.

Jerry Reese anticipated that Rodgers-Cromartie would be the one tough guy to pin down. 

“There were several guys we talked to in free agency, but those are two guys we had targeted, that we wanted a chance to get and we were fortunate enough to get those guys,” Reese said in a sit-down interview with Paul Dottino on “Schwartz brings some flexibility to us on our offensive line. He’s a big guy that plays like a big guy. We wanted to try to get bigger on our offensive line and, of course, Rodgers-Cromartie has been a premier corner in the league. We still think he’s an ascending player who will only get better for us. We coupled him with Prince [Amukamara], and we try to have pretty good corners. You’ve got to have corners in this league.”

That NFL truth is why Reese was pleasantly surprised when the team landed Rodgers-Cromartie, a seven-year pro still on the rise in the eyes of the front office.

“Well, Rodgers-Cromartie was a guy that we thought would be a tough guy to pin down because we thought there would be a lot of suitors for him,” Reese said. “He came in here, he seemed to like us, and it worked for us. But he’s probably the one guy that we thought would be a tough guy to get. But it did work out for us, and we’re happy to have him.”