We’ll get our first look at the post-Juan Castillo Eagles defense on Sunday and that game will represent a chance for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to continue making his case for a long-term contract extension.
As of now, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that there aren’t any talks about such an extension and that getting a deal done before the end of the season is unlikely. That would put Rodgers-Cromartie in line to become a free agent and would make him a candidate for the franchise tag from the team. That might be unlikely given the cost — around $10.4 million — and Rodgers-Cromartie, who thought something might get done during a bye week the Eagles used to take care of other business, would prefer to remain untagged.
“I wouldn’t mind to get paid at the highest level,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “But it’s just like, shoot, it’s starting all over again. You still got that one year to go out there and prove it again. So I wouldn’t want to take the franchise tag. But if it comes, it comes.”
Rodgers-Cromartie has been more effective in 2012 than he was in his first year with the Eagles, but he it’s a stretch to say he’s been at a level commensurate with that salary. That’s going to make their decision about extending him one of several tough choices that the team will have to make heading into next season. Forecasting the direction they’ll take with those decisions doesn’t make much sense right now because we won’t know who will be making those calls until this year comes to an end and the futures of coach Andy Reid, General Manager Howie Roseman and others are clarified.