The New York Jets need to improve their secondary with cornerback Antonio Cromartie testing free agency and first-round pick Dee Milliner struggling during his rookie campaign, and they believe one free agent could solve their woes.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets and head coach Rex Ryan "badly" want to sign free agent corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Rodgers-Cromartie is considered an "ideal fit" for Ryan's defensive scheme, which requires players to excel in press-man coverage. With his speed and skillset, Rodgers-Cromartie would be a huge upgrade over both Cromartie and Milliner.
The market has been lukewarm for Rodgers-Cromartie (outside of the Denver Broncos), but those concerns seem to focus more on his dedication and passion for the game.
Prior to the Broncos Super Bowl XLVIII match up against the Seattle Seahawks, Rodgers-Cromartie hinted about retirement and that may have been the moment that caused some teams to shy away. However, Rex Ryan has been known to motivate his players and get them to maximize their talent, so that could be exactly what Rodgers-Cromartie needs to take his game to the next level.