Posted March 14, 2013

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie signs with Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos, NFL Free Agency
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie struggled after joining the Eagles. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie struggled after joining the Eagles. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Perhaps no play from the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl run will be more remembered than Jacoby Jones’ astounding, last-minute 70-yard touchdown catch against the Denver Broncos. And the Broncos no doubt had the failings of their secondary on their minds when they handed a one-year, $5 million contract to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Wednesday night.

Rodgers-Cromartie, soon to be 27 years old, was considered one of the league’s most promising young defensive backs in three seasons with Arizona. But a trade sent him to Philadelphia, and Rodgers-Cromartie hit the wall — he endured his first interception-less season in 2011.

He bounced back slightly last season on the statistical front, nabbing three picks. Rodgers-Cromartie remained an extremely disappointing commodity, though, to the point that Philadelphia barely even considered re-signing him.

The Broncos are not showing an extreme amount of faith either, what with the one-year offer and all. Still, if Rodgers-Cromartie rediscovers any of his old form, he should help out a secondary that struggled to find consistent playmakers opposite Champ Bailey.

While Chris Harris emerged as a surprising contributor, Tony Carter and especially Tracy Porter endured up-and-down campaigns.

Rodgers-Cromartie is about as talented as they come at the cornerback position. To help the Broncos out, he’ll need to show off a lot more of that ability than he did in Philadelphia.

Grade: B-minus. This grade could — maybe even should — be higher. It’s just hard to know what Denver is getting for its $5 million investment here.

3 comments
Psych
Psych

Opposite Bailey...I would say Bailey is the problem if the secondary concerns are based on their play versus Baltimore in the playoffs. That was one of the single worst performances I have ever seen by any corner much less a perennial "all pro". 

DamionMosher
DamionMosher

Well lets do the math, Vasquez will count for 4 million under the cap, Bruton 3, Welker 6, and DRC 5, They unloaded DJ Williams at 5 and Hanie at 1. They had 12 million, so, 18 million to spend. That means unless they drop Dummerville at 12 million or resign him to 7 they are done. I think what everyone is forgetting is the also have Derrick Wolfe who plays Dummerville's DE position. So they don't nessasarily have to replace Dummerville to release him.

JeffSkirvin
JeffSkirvin

Where the HELL is Denver getting all this money to sign these free agents!!