The Philadelphia Eagles picked up Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (along with a second-round pick) in the Kevin Kolb trade, and DRC was vastly a disappointment in his debut season with the Eagles.
He struggled to stay healthy and wasn’t utilized properly in the slot; as a big and physical corner, DRC is a better fit on the outside, and if Asante Samuel gets traded, DRC will assuredly be used there in 2012. The general consensus among Eagles fans—given the comments I have seen on my recent articles—are that DRC will easily regain the form that made him a Pro Bowl corner in 2009.
Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening. In his final season in Arizona (2010) Rodgers-Cromartie was rated as the single worst cornerback in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. He played in 1,132 snaps and registered a minus-14.7 rating, grading particularly bad in run defense and penalties (8).
DRC was targeted 90 times in pass coverage and gave up 814 yards; that’s over nine yards per attempt. He allowed a completion percentage of 62.2 and four touchdowns to three interceptions, for an overall passer rating of 92.5.
He will undoubtedly fare better playing with Nnamdi Asomugha opposite him than Greg Toler/Michael Adams, but I still don’t think DRC is quite the premier corner people believe him to be.
As of now, I have to say the odds are that the Eagles will not pick up his contract after the 2012 season, which means the team will be left with just Asomugha as a starter.