While Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a Pro Bowl cornerback, it is very likely the Eagles will regret this trade.
It was quite a bargain to get their hands on Rodgers-Cromartie via the Kevin Kolb trade, but as Nnamdi Asomugha and Asante Samuel are expected to start on the outside, Rodgers-Cromartie is being asked to play the inside as the nickel corner.
At 6'2" and 182 lbs, Rodgers-Cromartie is certainly physically gifted enough to play on the inside; but, he is just not accustomed to that position. His playing style is very similar to that of Asante Samuel, playing on the outside with solid cover abilities, along with big play capabilities.
And as Rodgers-Cromartie is regarded as a poor tackler, he may not be the Pro Bowl cornerback at the nickel spot that the Eagles expect him to be.
Rodgers-Cromartie has also regressed since the 2009 season, nabbing only three interceptions last season. It is possible that, similar to 2010, he is in truth a good corner, but not a star corner.
Now that the Eagles have released a very good nickel corner in Joselio Hanson, their hopes rest solely on Rodgers-Cromartie to protect the inside. And with the average linebackers on the team, Rodgers-Cromartie needs to fill a very important role on this team.
It would not surprise me to see him fall short of the expectations.