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The Giants Are Releasing A Former First-Round Pick

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NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 07: Helmets of the New York Giants rests on the sideline during a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Giants are parting ways with a former first-round pick, according to multiple reports.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Jordan Ranaan are both reporting that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is being released today.

The cornerback was the No. 16 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft coming out of college. He spent three seasons in Arizona. After stints with the Eagles and Broncos, Rodgers-Cromartie had been with New York since 2014.

Rapoport reports that the release comes after the cornerback refused to switch positions.

"They tried to move him to safety and asked him to take a large paycut. Instead, he is being released and wants to play as an outside CB once again," Rapoport says.

The Giants are saving a lot of money by releasing him, too.

Rodgers-Cromartie played collegiately at Tennessee State. He was also a standout runner for the school's track team.

The defensive back wasn't considered a great NFL prospect coming out of college, but he tested extremely well at the NFL Combine (he ran a sub-4.3 40) and saw his stock shoot up.

It's unclear how much interest there will be for the former first-round pick in free agency.

Stay tuned.