Rodgers-Cromartie will consider retirement if the Broncos win the Super Bowl
Yes, this is the same Rodgers-Cromartie who was drafted 16th overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2008 and then signed on with the Philadelphia Eagles "dream team" back in 2011. DRC is just 27 years old and is coming off arguably the best season of his career, but that does not seem to matter to him. "I set a goal of five years. I've played six," Rodgers-Cromartie said Monday.
After completely tanking during his two years in Philadelphia, DRC managed to regain the old form that made him such a hot name after his first two years in the league. Often taking on opponents' best receivers, Rodgers-Cromartie stifled opposing pass catchers, allowing just a 67.8 passer rating on throws into his coverage. Pro Football Focus graded DRC as the No. 5 corner in the NFL this season.
While it seems ridiculous that someone in Rodgers-Cromartie's position would retire, the NFL lifestyle isn't for everyone, I guess. DRC has made a lot of money and perhaps he has post-NFL plans (hopefully business-related) that he is eager to get underway.
Regardless of what he actually does, however, this seems like a pretty boneheaded comment by Rodgers-Cromartie. An impending free agent, DRC could probably have gotten a monster contract that would take him into his 30's, assuming he decided to continue his career. The fact that his heart does not seem entirely committed to football is sure to be a red flag for teams considering making a run at him.
Even with uncertainty of his own future, Rodgers-Cromartie will still get some good money if he decides to test the open market. The offers will be there, and I imagine that it is hard to turn down several million dollars to play football for a few more years. It would not be at all surprising to see DRC back in the NFL next season, but given his recent comments, it would not be surprising to see him hang up the cleats, either.