Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie backed down from comments about his possible retirement Tuesday, telling reporters that his comments were misunderstood and that he would accept a long-term deal if one is offered.
At 27, Rodgers-Cromartie surprised many on Monday when he said that he was "almost positive" that he would retire if the Broncos won the Super Bowl. While his relatively young age made the comments surprising, the fact that he has an expiring contract made it even more so. On Monday, Brandon Lee Gowton of SB Nation's Eagles blog Bleeding Green Nation, said that Rodgers-Cromartie could be due a big pay day.
What's crazier is that DRC is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason, having only signed a one-year deal with Broncos last year. DRC is coming off a year where he seemed to have played fairly well in Denver, and easily could be considered one of the best cornerbacks available in the free agent market. Retiring this early would mean passing up on a potentially big payday.
Rodgers-Cromartie is one of a few under-30 cornerbacks that could hit the open free agency market during the 2014 offseason. Alterraun Verner, Aqib Talib, Captain Munnerlyn, Sam Shields and Vontae Davis round out the other talented cornerbacks that could be available.
A first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Rodgers-Cromartie played three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in a deal that included quarterback Kevin Kolb. In March, he signed a one-year deal with the Broncos worth $5 million.