Denver Broncos top cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie pretty much tried to troll all of us by stating yesterday that he might retire, and he cited the fact that his goal was to play in this league for five seasons. DRC is in his sixth year, but it’s also obvious that setting a “goal” of just five years in the league when you are a player of DRC’s talent is a crazy low bar. Even if that whole “five year” thing is true, he likely hatched up that plan before he actually starting trying.
Coming into his first season with the Broncos, Rodgers-Cromartie was one of the most inconsistent players in the league, and he simply never fulfilled his potential after playing a couple of great, “teaser” seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Following a disastrous 2012 season with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Broncos decided to roll the dice on DRC by signing him to a low-risk, one-year deal worth $5 million this offseason. They got him motivated, and DRC was a massive part of the team’s success this season. Now the most important, healthy player on the roster (the argument can be made, though, that DT Terrance Knighton is more critical to the Broncos success), DRC is in a position to win a Super Bowl ring after being on the losing side some years ago while with the Cardinals.
According to the NFL Network’s Gregg Rosenthal, DRC unsurprisingly backed away from the strange comments he made yesterday and offered a much more realistic take about his future plans. Rodgers-Cromartie stated that if he is offered a long-term deal in free agency, he will take that deal. The 27-year-old’s next contract will likely be his biggest one, as he is in the prime of his career and the prime of his earning power after destroying expectations on his $5 million deal this season.