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Once Revis was out of the picture, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie became the apple of an increasingly desperate Ryan's eye. After Idzik lost DRC to his intercity rival, a source familiar with the Jets' thinking told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that the Giants were "far more aggressive" in their recruiting efforts.
Here's what else we learned on Day 7 of free agency Monday:
- If Ryan is growing desperate at cornerback, Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman seems downright apathetic about all of the quality wide receivers being snatched off the open market. One day after practically begging Gettleman to reach out, James Jonessigned a three-year contract with the Raiders. The last of the solid, reliable receivers available, Jones is a fine acquisition for general manager Reggie McKenzie.
Just as he did last offseason, Gettleman will have to dumpster-dive for damaged or overlooked players in the second and third waves of free agency.
- Now that Jones is off the market, all eyes are on Sidney Rice at wide receiver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Jets, Saints and Seahawks are all interested in the 27-year-old. Although the Panthers are the closest Rice has to a hometown team, they have not yet been connected to the former Seattle star.
Weeden also doubles as insurance if Kyle Orton opts not to return for another season. What we're not buying is talk of Weeden as the future starter in Dallas. Now 30 years old and long past the development phase of his career, Weeden has made no progress in reading defenses, pocket movement or ball placement.