There was a really interesting note from Andrew Brandt on Sports Illustrated this morning, which seems to suggest the Jets wanted to up their one year offer to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie before he joined the New York Giants:
Rex Ryan excited Rodgers-Cromartie with a pitch to put the cornerback "on an island" and make him a star. The Giants offered him detailed plans for facing every team in the division, describing how they would use him against specific receivers on the Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins.Thus, as it always does, it came down to economics. The Giants’ deal, with a $10 million signing bonus and $16 million over the first two years, was superior. The Jets held to the structure of a one-year $6 million deal, with options going forward, until it became clear the Giants were closing in. Only then did the Jets present a different type of structure, with general manager John Idzik scrambling to make up ground while attending Teddy Bridgewater’s pro day. By then, however, it was too late; the Giants had won the intra-stadium battle
DRC hasn't played on an island often. He has the athleticism, the speed and the length to succeed, but he is very prone to being beaten down the field. So seeing him on an island with no support would have been interesting, and I imagine that appealed to DRC, because if he succeeds there, he is a star, especially in New York.
As far as I was aware, the Jets offered DRC a one year prove it deal and they stuck to that, even after hearing about what the Giants offered. However, above, it seems to suggest that John Idzik wanted to improve his bid, but with him being in Louisville, it wouldn't have been as easy to sell a new contract to DRC. However, this certainly presents a different picture to the one I had in my mind about how the negotiations went down. If this is accurate information.