Redskins, DRC Agree To Deal

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has a new team. The veteran cornerback, who backtracked on his recent retirement, will sign with the Redskins, Ian Rapoport of tweets.

After retiring midseason, the soon-to-be 33-year-old cornerback revealed intentions to resume his career just prior to free agency. He found a taker and will join former Giants teammate Landon Collins in a changing Redskins secondary. While this will be DRC’s first run in Washington, the Redskins did show interest during training camp last year.

Should DRC be on the Redskins’ roster come Week 1, he will have bounced from a Jon Gruden-coached team to Jay Gruden‘s roster. DRC ended up retiring in October of last year, doing so after Jon Gruden did not play him a snap in a game against the Colts. Rodgers-Cromartie played 147 snaps last season, functioning in an inconsistent Raiders secondary. He occupied a more prominent place with the Giants, with whom he was a four-season starter.

DRC and Collins started together in Giants secondaries from 2015-17, before the Giants cut him after pondering an experiment where the former would move to safety. It is not clear if Washington plans to play the lanky defender at corner or safety. Washington is a bit thinner at safety, even with Collins now heading that unit, but DRC has been a corner throughout his 11-year run of game action.

He made the Pro Bowl with the 2015 Giants, the second of his two Pro Bowl honors, and intercepted six passes in 2016. He has 30 career picks, six of which he returned for touchdowns. This will be DRC’s fifth NFL team and third NFC East employer. The Eagles traded for him in 2011, beginning a two-season run for the former first-round pick in Philadelphia.

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