Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. (Denver Post file photo)

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Broncos' top cover cornerback last season, has signed a five-year contract with the New York Giants.

Rodgers-Cromartie became a Giant only after negotiations with the Broncos broke down last Tuesday. When Rodgers-Cromartie balked at a six-year, $54 million deal, the Broncos instead signed cornerback Aqib Talib to a six-year, $57 million contract.

Rodgers-Cromartie's five-year contract with the Giants is worth $35 million. He can make another $4 million in escalators and incentives.

The key to the Giants' deal was the whopping $10 million signing bonus he received. A signing bonus that large carries future salary-cap ramifications that will make it difficult for the Giants to release Rodgers-Cromartie prior to year three of the contract.

The breakdown of his Giants deal: One year and $10.75 million, two years and $16 million and three years and $22 million (with a chance to make another $2 million in incentives).

With the Broncos, Rodgers-Cromartie turned down a fully guaranteed $10 million, including a $5 million signing bonus, after one season, $16 million over two years and $24 million through three years. The guarantees in years two and three were limited to "injury only."

Rodgers-Cromartie and his agent Eugene Parker viewed the Giants' contract as a true three-year guarantee while they considered the Broncos' contract a series of three, one-year guarantees.

Rodgers-Cromartie played last season on a one-year, $5 million contract with the Broncos. After Champ Bailey went down with a foot injury in the preseason, Rodgers-Cromartie became the Broncos' top cornerback.

Playing mostly at right corner, Rodgers-Cromartie shadowed the opponents' No. 1 receiver at times.

One of the NFL's tallest cornerbacks at 6-foot-2, Rodgers-Cromartie also has long arms and legs that allow him to close on a receiver.

The Giants will mean an adjustment for Rodgers-Cromartie, a laid-back sort while Giants coach Tom Coughlin is considered a disciplinarian.