Where Giants, Janoris Jenkins could turn after ugly breakup

Janoris Jenkins talked his way off the Giants and maybe into a playoff race.

The Giants cut Jenkins after he called a fan a “retard” on Twitter, and he then offered only two half-hearted apologies despite coach Pat Shurmur making it clear the organization condemned such inappropriate language.

Jenkins, dealing with a minor ankle injury, will be on NFL waivers until Monday. A team that claims the former Pro Bowler will owe him about $1.5 million in 2019 and no guaranteed money in 2020. If he goes unclaimed, he will be a free agent.

Jenkins, 31, said earlier this season that he recognized time is running short in his career and he wants to be part of a winner.

For the Giants, cutting Jenkins is a no-brainer considering he likely was going to be a salary-cap casualty in the offseason, with $11.25 million in savings and only $3.5 million dead cap space for 2020.

The Giants — left with first-year players Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal as their top three cornerbacks — needed to sign a top cornerback in the offseason, anyway. They now are projected to have more than $70 million in cap space, according to spotrac.com.

Here are five teams who could take a flier on Jenkins:

Kansas City Chiefs: A reunion with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo? “I understood the whole scheme overall, backward and forward,” Jenkins said of going to the Pro Bowl under Spagnuolo with the 2016 Giants. The Chiefs need cornerbacks and have faced bigger scandals than this.

Philadelphia Eagles: Jenkins could return to MetLife Stadium with the visitors in Week 17. Cornerback has been a revolving door for two years. Giants rookie receiver Darius Slayton exposed Ronald Darby on Monday night.

Tennessee Titans: With Malcom Butler on injured reserve and Adoree Jackson and LeShaun Sims on the shelf, the red-hot Titans have a need. Jenkins is an upgrade over recently signed veteran Tramaine Brock.

Cleveland Browns: Another team not scared off by character concerns and on the fringe of the playoff hunt. If you buy Jenkins’ impact as a locker-room leader, he could be the veteran to join talented young starters Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward.

New England Patriots: Insurance in case Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty or Jonathan Jones get injured. The Patriots are going to need defense to win playoff games, especially against the Ravens.

Here are five cornerbacks who the Giants could prioritize in free agency:

Logan Ryan, Titans: Good time for a career year. Ryan, 29, has 17 passes defended, including four interceptions, 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He left the Patriots to sign a three-year, $30 million deal. Now he’s looking at a bigger pay day.

Marcus Peters, Ravens: The 2016 All-Pro has been on three teams in five years and will be looking for a top-of-the-market payday after playing on his fifth-year rookie contract option in 2019. Peters, 26, is tied for the NFL lead in interceptions (five).

Byron Jones, Cowboys: Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are next in line to get paid, after Ezekiel Elliott, Zack Martin and Jaylon Smith. Even Jerry Jones can’t pay everyone. Jones, 27, had 14 passes defended in 2018.

Bradley Roby, Texans: Roby, 27, signed a one-year, $10 million deal to leave the Broncos last offseason. He has missed five games due to a hamstring injury and is rotating in the deep Texans secondary. There is untapped potential here.

James Bradberry, Panthers: Drafted by the Dave Gettleman-run Panthers in 2016, Bradberry, 26, draws the Panthers’ toughest coverage assignment every week. He has outperformed over four years the player he replaced, high-paid veteran Josh Norman.

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