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With the cornerback pool of free agents drying up with Sam Shields staying in Green Bay and the Indianapolis Colts’ Vontae Davis looking closer and closer to staying in Indy, there are less and less options for NFL teams at corner as we near tomorrow’s NFL Free Agency Period. One of the big names that was expected to hit the open market was Denver Broncos’ CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as the Broncos corner was expected to be likely to find a decent payday in the open market after the exposure of the Broncos run to the Super Bowl even if they lost to the Seahawks.
However, according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated’s MMQB.com, it appears that Rodgers-Cromartie is “likely” to re-sign with the Broncos. King revealed his thoughts in his weekly MMQB column as the new MMQB.com site prepares for its first free agency period as a website.
Davis is close to re-signing with Indy, according to Jason LaCanfora, and Rodgers-Cromartie is likely to return to Denver. The others? The Giants are pursuing Verner but I can’t see them paying $10 million a year. Washington and New England want Talib; Washington might be more desperate to make a free-agent strike, and the Patriots won’t overpay.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as the Broncos have cut Champ Bailey and have the cap space needed to convince DRC to stay in the Mile High City. Throw in a chance to make another run at the Super Bowl and their is little reason for Rodgers-Cromartie to leave down other than for a big payday. Denver might be wiser to go and bring in depth instead of spending big to keep him on their roster, but according to King it is much more likely that we will see the Broncos simply retaining their veteran corner come the free agency period. Stay tuned to this development throughout Monday and the start of the week as free agency period opens very soon. Should DRC be available come tomorrow we will be hearing his name being targeted by plenty of teams, especially seeing as the cornerback market is depleting quickly.