DRC Ends Retirement; Wants To Play In 2019

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie‘s retirement didn’t last long. The cornerback has been reinstated and wants to play in 2019, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). 

DRC, 33 in April, abruptly retired from football in late October. His announcement came days after Raiders coach Jon Gruden did not use him on a single snap in a one-sided loss to the Colts. It appears that the cornerback still has the passion to play, just not for the Raiders.

In 2017, Rodgers-Cromartie appeared in 15 games (six starts) for the Giants, managing 31 tackles, a half-sack, and one pass defensed while grading as the NFL’s No. 58 cornerback, per Pro Football Focus. Still, the signs of aging were there. On 25 targets, DRC allowed 7.2 yards per pass, more than double his 2016 average of 3.5. DRC also made headlines as he butted heads with coach Ben McAdoo and was briefly suspended by the team. Then, last year, he didn’t do a whole lot for the Raiders’ sagging defense.

The two-time Pro Bowler figures to draw interest on the open market, though he might have to wait until the second wave of free agency to find a home.

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  1. phenomenalajs

    If he retired and wasn’t released, do the Raiders retain his rights? He may have been reinstated by the NFL, but might not be a true free agent. I’d think a team would have to give up at least a conditional 7th for him.

  2. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    He does have a lot of mouths to feed. Hopefully he knows all of the names by now.

  3. Wade Herbers

    13 kids minimum and handful of babys mommas are expensive to have in todays world.

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