Suspended corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie reported to the Giants’ facility on Thursday morning and met with GM Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo, but the Giants afterward still announced that Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended indefinitely and so he again left the building and was not at practice.
The collective bargaining agreement states that Rodgers-Cromartie can only be suspended up to four weeks for conduct detrimental to the team, though. So more accurately, an indefinite suspension means the Giants aren’t willing yet to publicly announce the exact timetable of Rodgers-Cromartie’s suspension.
What that indicates is that Thursday morning’s conversations did not go swimmingly to say the least.
And an indefinite suspension length increases the likelihood Rodgers-Cromartie will file a grievance through the NFL Players’ Association, given that each game he is suspended for reportedly will cost him $410,588. So if the Giants try to suspend him the maximum four games, it would cost him just over $1.6 million.
Rodgers-Cromartie, per ESPN, is frustrated particularly by McAdoo’s double standard in enforcing new rules. The coach’s reaction to Odell Beckham Jr.’s dog-peeing TD celebration in Week 3, per ESPN, was to establish a policy of penalizing “game-day distractions” with playing time.
There are conflicting reports of what happened last Sunday: some versions say Rodgers-Cromartie argued with McAdoo on the sideline about playing time, others say he stormed off the field with the intent to leave the stadium mid-game and was confronted by a teammate.
Either way, Rodgers-Cromartie has to be wondering why Beckham never has been suspended by the Giants for any of his antics, both on game days and otherwise; why Ereck Flowers wasn’t suspended last season for shoving a reporter; why Janoris Jenkins wasn’t suspended on Sunday for walking off the field with 40 seconds left; and so on.
McAdoo initially told Rodgers-Cromartie on Tuesday that he would be fined for walking out of a Friday recovery session, though the corner has disputed whether he did anything wrong in that instance, as well.
McAdoo also told Rodgers-Cromartie on Tuesday he would be inactive Sunday against the Broncos because of whatever happened during Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. That led the veteran corner to clean out his locker Wednesday morning and walk out of the facility, prompting the coach to suspend him.
Rodgers-Cromartie later told ESPN what McAdoo had told him was “BS.”
On Thursday, with Rodgers-Cromartie officially moved to the reserve/suspended list, the Giants signed corner Donte Deayon to the active roster. And while this is a great opportunity for Deayon, it is terribly awkward considering that Deayon is great friends with Rodgers-Cromartie, who is basically his mentor.
The Giants also signed corner Brandon Dixon to the practice squad to fill Deayon’s spot. Dixon has 14 career games under his belt all for the Buccaneers in 2014.