Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (45) before the game against the Washington Redskins at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has interest from Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings came into the offseason with cornerback as their second-biggest need behind only quarterback, and they signed two CBs in Captain Munnerlyn and Derek Cox. Munnerlyn was an excellent signing for the Vikings and presents an immediate upgrade, as he is a dependable player who can play in the slot or on the outside. Cox was a dependable player with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he signed a pretty nifty contract with the CB-needy San Diego Chargers last offseason. But he was so bad in his first season in San Diego that Tom Telesco decided to cut him this offseason despite their lack of depth at the position. If Cox can bounce back, though, he will be a very good starter for the Vikings and carries very little financial risk.

Despite those two signings and the presence of promising 2013 first-round pick Xavier Rhodes, it looks like the Vikings are still interested in the best free agent cornerback. 1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson reports that the Vikings “have inquired about” former Denver Broncos CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was excellent last season on a prove-it deal and would be a big catch for any team that signs him. I’m not sure if the Vikings should get him, though, unless if is surprisingly affordable and the Vikings feel that they still need an upgrade at the position.

Wolfson adds that the talks don’t seem to be “serious” right now, and I doubt this ever amounts to anything. Still, it’s an interesting rumor to watch for as DRC visits the CB-needy New York Jets (made CB1 Antonio Cromartie a cap casualty) and the New York Giants, who are an intriguing landing spot for him. At this point, I would be surprised if the Jets don’t land the impact corner, but John Idzik almost certainly won’t overpay for him either.

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  • Eddie Torres

    So far this off season free agent picks ups to me have not been spectacular…I had great hope that they would put some money down on a great C.B but as usual the Vikings go out with a big boast to do just that and end up signing mostly run of the mill guys ….i am pleased to see them lock up E.G… but even that may come back to bite them in the butt…we will have to wait and see if he can do his thing as a starter…I am always hopeful…

    • Joe Soriano

      Griffen played so many snaps last year that there’s no question we have enough of a sample size on him; key is elevating his game by becoming more consistent. I wish the Vikings signed Verner, but Munnerlyn was a solid addition and Cox is a nice enough reclamation project. Adding DRC would probably be too much for the Vikings, and I think Spielman needs to be careful not to overspend out of desperation for his job (Melton signing after already adding Joseph also seems like too much).

  • holymomentumbatman#84

    Yeah, well, I don’t like the Derek Cox signing at all, UNLESS I SEE that Zim, Edwards, and Jerry Gray can mold him back into his William & Mary, Jacksonville Jaguar days. Cox definitely is working with the right crew to do that, and his career stats say he is a very capable play maker. This is just a wait and see thing. Being a hard core Viking fan, I really hope he’s worth it.
    Rodgers-Cromartie is a different matter entirely. He has already shown his abilities as a consistent game changer. He’s averaged 3.2 interceptions a season since he’s been a pro. That may not be a number that pops your eyeballs out of your head, but it’s a heckuva lot better than a big percentage of the rest of the CB’s in the league. At 6’2″, and BARELY under 200lbs., with great hands, he’s a bona fide shutdown CB.

    When Joe wrote this article 4 hours ago, I personally hadn’t seen any more news about DRC. With the Jets and Giants in the mix, both perhaps front runners, and ESPN reporter Wolfson alleging that talks between the Vikings and Rodgers-Cromartie “aren’t serious right now”,and he doubts “this ever amounts to anything”, it would appear, at least on the surface, that DRC will not be donning purple and gold in 2014. It never hurts a thing to wish, though, does it? With an acquisition like this, it would morph the Minnesota secondary into one that opponents had better not look past, and urge them to watch more film than usual before Sunday…or Monday night…or Thursday night…or during their off time to figure out what happened! SKOL VIKINGS!!!

    • Joe Soriano

      My thoughts exactly. Based on what we’ve seen, there is just about no chance of a deal happening, but it’s fun to ponder the possiblity of it happening. DRC is a beast, because he finally put things together consistently last season and showed us all that he can shut down WRs and make big plays.

      Don’t write off Cox, especially since Zimmer is a whiz with getting veteran DBs to bounce back. I mean, he helped make Terence Newman respectable again.