Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was Philadelphia's only candidate for the franchise tag. If Rodgers-Cromartie is franchised by the Eagles, Philadelphia would pay him $10.7 million dollars for the 2013 season -- a cap figure that is simply too high.
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Instead, Rodgers-Cromartie will be free to test the free agent market, where he figures to do quite well. SB Nation recently ranked Rodgers-Cromartie as the top cornerback on the free agent market, even ahead of Aqib Talib, who had a slight resurgence after being traded to New England.
Rodgers-Cromartie was drafted out of Tennessee State by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 16-overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Rodgers-Cromartie was traded to Philadelphia prior to the 2011 season, along with a second-round draft pick, for quarterback Kevin Kolb.
Last year, the Eagles used the franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson before ultimately agreeing to a five-year contract months later.