ProFootball Talk reports further on the signing:
The former first-rounder of the Cardinals, who was sent to the Eagles in the Kevin Kolb trade, presumably becomes this year’s Tracy Porter in Denver. The Broncos also were interested in former Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The acquisition of Rodgers-Cromartie would seem to suggest the Broncos aren’t.
The 16th overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft, Rodgers-Cromartie had struggled in Philadelphia over the past few seasons—making just three interceptions, one sack and no forced fumbles since his move from the Arizona Cardinals. However, the cornerback clearly is talented and has plenty to offer the Broncos, who will no doubt gladly add his services into their already strong secondary.
Both Chris Harris Jr. and Champ Bailey ranked as top 10 cornerbacks for the 2012 season, according to Pro Football Focus, as the Broncos ranked fifth in the league for pass coverage.
There was speculation earlier in the year that the veteran Bailey (34 years old) could be leaving the franchise, but that was quickly put to bed with a reassurance that he will be staying on with the AFC powerhouse for another season.
The acquisition of Rodgers-Cromartie is certainly a good move by the Broncos and by the player, though question marks must remain about the deal itself.
Schefter's original report says that it is just a one-year deal, which seems to suggest that Rodgers-Cromartie won't be the natural long-term replacement for Bailey when he does retire. And if he is, then he's going to have to prove himself with the franchise in 2013 first.
Yet regardless of the length, picking up the cornerback is a great move by the Broncos to give them further depth and talent in their secondary.
Having already signed a number of players this free agency, headlined by wide receiver Wes Welker, there is little doubting that the Broncos are putting together a very strong team that could challenge for the Super Bowl once more in 2013-14.
The addition of Rodgers-Cromartie is simply further proof of that.
Are the Denver Broncos Super Bowl favorites with all these signings?
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