The New York Jets released cornerback Antonio Cromartie to free agency but it seems that they want to keep his replacement in the family.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Rex Ryan wants to replace Cromartie with his cousin Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
From Mehta's twitter account:
"I was told before weekend Rex Ryan wants to sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie badly. Ideal fit in his scheme. Jets desperately need him #nyj"
With Rodgers-Cromartie’s speed and ability to man up for press coverage, there is no doubt he would be a big addition for the Jets secondary and Head Coach Ryan obviously fancies the former Denver Broncos man.
But the Jets will have to fight off noisy neighbors the New York Giants for Rodgers-Cromartie.
According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, Tom Coughlin and the Giants are also chasing the 27-year old and even had him in today for a physical at the team facilities.
"Broncos CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is spending the night in New York so he can undergo a physical Monday with the Giants, per source," Schefter posted to his Twitter.
The former first round draft pick out of Tennessee State has his options open to him but it seems increasingly likely that he won't be leaving The Big Apple without having signed a contract with one of the teams.
Whoever snatches up the talented speedster will claim bragging rights for a good while.