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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie says he’s contemplated retirement if Denver wins


Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a talented, proven starter at a position that is always in demand. What’s more, he is a free agent at season’s end, and he is only 27 years old.

However, he has reportedly at least given thought to stepping away from football if Denver wins the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Numerous reporters took to Twitter Monday afternoon to report that Rodgers-Cromartie has indicated he’s at least thought of calling it quits after this season.

“I set a goal of five years, I’ve played six,” Rodgers-Cromartie said Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Lindsay Jones of USA Today, Mike Garofolo of Fox Sports and Paul Klee of the Colorado Springs Gazette also reported that Rodgers-Cromartie brought up retirement on Monday.

Via Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, Rodgers-Cromartie indicated that any intent to retire was “not set in stone.”

The suspicion here is that this is not the last we’ve heard of this story this week.

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34 Responses to “Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie says he’s contemplated retirement if Denver wins”
  1. elwaysagenius says: Jan 27, 2014 1:59 PM

    He’ll get PAID in March if he doesn’t retire

  2. elliottcovert says: Jan 27, 2014 2:00 PM

    It could be that he’s concerned about the health effects of playing football, but I sort of doubt it because he’s not playing a position that takes a whole lot of blows to the head.

    Instead, this move may be designed to maximize the value of his next contract. He could get more money from a team that it willing to overpay to prevent him from “retiring.”

    Then again, maybe it’s none of the above and he just wants to retire for other personal reasons, but I’m leaning towards option #2.

  3. thepftpoet says: Jan 27, 2014 2:02 PM

    Well then it’s official, DRC is retiring after this game.

    There’s 0% chance the Broncos lose this game.

    The Seahawks have 0 superbowls and are perennial losers.

  4. slbasegame257 says: Jan 27, 2014 2:08 PM

    So much retirement talk. Welker, Manning, DRC, Champ Bailey are all talking retirement. Mike Adams is going to walk home in pads after they win. It’s like they think Seattle will be their doormat on the way to glory. My question is….Why not us? We got that swag. GO HAWKS

  5. gloryfromheaven46 says: Jan 27, 2014 2:08 PM

    That would be a huge blow for Denver. With Bailey at the age he is and Harris coming off a torn ACL… I hope DRC continues another 3 or 4 years at least.

  6. ttommytom says: Jan 27, 2014 2:08 PM

    Means he does not love or probably even like football anymore (if ever). Nothing wrong with that, as it’s actually the norm in the NFL.

    But it will raise questions and devalue your next contract if in fact he seeks one.

    Some things are better off not said…

  7. vamanospestcontrol says: Jan 27, 2014 2:09 PM

    The only reason we’ve not heard the last of this story is because the media will bring it up over and over and over and over again. It was probably an innocuous statement, as is the case with most statements made by these players, and of course, the media feeds into it.

  8. pubpower95 says: Jan 27, 2014 2:09 PM

    Subtract the years played when he was in Philly

  9. godofwine330 says: Jan 27, 2014 2:11 PM

    His agent is somewhere pulling his hair out because he just lowered his value exponentially. When you are up for a contract you never5, ever (as Chris Tucker said in Friday) ever, ever, ever, ever, ever mention the “R” word. It lowers your guaranteed money as well as your signing bonus because teams are concerned about you quitting in the middle of the deal.

    Some things should be thought and not said and this is clearly one of them.

  10. stealthjunk says: Jan 27, 2014 2:14 PM

    It’s nice to walk off into the sunset after winning a Super Bowl, but someone tell DRC it’s still 2pm, not 6pm, in his career.

  11. nodindenver says: Jan 27, 2014 2:17 PM

    I am a huge Broncos fan but, enough about the plans after the game please. With all the retirements mentioned, we may need some sympathy supplemental picks to field a team. All the talking needs to be stymied although I doubt it will!

  12. shayeezy says: Jan 27, 2014 2:21 PM

    despite his immense physical talents, his passion for the game has always been questioned, and this only confirms those suspicions.

  13. JSpicoli says: Jan 27, 2014 2:28 PM

    He is starting an expansion team made up of his kids. The moms will be the cheerleaders.

  14. JSpicoli says: Jan 27, 2014 2:28 PM

    or maybe that is the wrong Cromartie. That’s my bad.

  15. heisthejuan says: Jan 27, 2014 2:30 PM

    With all these guys considering retirement, it’s obvious that the Broncos window of opportunity is very small.

  16. mediasloppy says: Jan 27, 2014 2:31 PM

    I think the average human contemplates doing things several times a day. I wouldn’t put a lot of value on his decision until he contemplates it a month or so after the Super Bowl. He got a family to feed.

  17. dontouchmyjunk says: Jan 27, 2014 2:31 PM

    He didn’t actually play when he was in Philadelphia. He just clocked in and went through the motions… and collected a paycheck.

  18. qdog112 says: Jan 27, 2014 2:57 PM

    This fool ain’t goin’ nowhere, unless he’s looking at a new career as a standup comedian. At the position that has less contact than any position short of kickers, he’s not turning down that kind of money.

    Then and again, maybe he wants to start his neurosurgeon career. Or maybe an astronaut. It’s all moot anyway, because they are not beating the Seahawks.

  19. jimmysee says: Jan 27, 2014 2:57 PM

    Any talk of retirement this time of year has to be taken lightly.

    I remember last year, after Lovie Smith was fired as Bears coach, Devin Hester was very adamant that he was going to retire.

    But come August — there he was in camp.

  20. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: Jan 27, 2014 3:03 PM

    Dominique Beiber-Cromartie

  21. coltsreign says: Jan 27, 2014 3:04 PM

    Atleast you enjoyed time with two legends.
    Kurt Warner and Peyton Manning.

  22. thevikesarebest says: Jan 27, 2014 3:05 PM

    They should retire the seahawks franchise.

  23. grandpoopah says: Jan 27, 2014 3:13 PM

    He stinks.

  24. themiamidolphins says: Jan 27, 2014 3:20 PM

    If I were an athlete I would probably do the same thing… He’s made a good amount of money and if he invests wisely he could probably retire before the age of 30 without having to work another day in his life.

    It’s a sweet deal that would be even sweeter with a championship.

  25. summitmech says: Jan 27, 2014 3:33 PM

    Well to me he sounds like one of those rarely-intelligent players who thinks of life after football. 5 years? That’s a pretty short career even for NFL standards. Sounds like he planned to get paid and quit while he was still healthy.

    However, he is 27 and will be a top commodity at Cornerback. And he would be an oustanding off-season pick up for the Vikings. Take care of corner before the draft with a MUCH-needed veteran, and the rest of the needed positions should be much easier to fill.

    You fix that QB and CB position and the Vikings look dangerous.

  26. drbob117 says: Jan 27, 2014 3:41 PM

    DRC retired the day he signed that big contract with the Eagles , he just managed to fool people for a few years.

  27. steves11 says: Jan 27, 2014 3:45 PM

    Just about everyone South or East of Seattle (which is the entire United States) thinks the Broncos are going to win this game…..which is probably why they won’t. Overconfidence can only play in the Seahawks favor. The only problem with that is we’ll have to listen to Richard Sherman run his mouth for the entire offseason.

  28. Stiller43 says: Jan 27, 2014 4:14 PM

    Well he certainly knows how to drum up a market for himself! Who’s going to give him a long term deal knowing he’s ready to retire any year now?

  29. broncostevenp says: Jan 27, 2014 4:18 PM

    This kid has come in and played lights out football for us. Would love to be able to resign him. Champ is going to have to restructure, so maybe Elway can find a way.

  30. therooneyskilledwebster says: Jan 27, 2014 5:34 PM

    Sounds like someone is expecting a failed drug test in the near future. Must be something in the air.

  31. vegasdestroyer says: Jan 27, 2014 5:35 PM

    DRC will come back if he gets a clause in his contract that he is not required to tackle.

  32. jmblosser82 says: Jan 27, 2014 6:27 PM

    Maybe he just wants to get out before an unfortunate leg injury happens

  33. kahunanc says: Jan 27, 2014 9:13 PM

    DRC was under contract when he came to the Eagles. Not sure I ever saw a CB play so poorly and actually run away from contact. Not sure where this greatness comes from.

  34. propertyofthebroncos says: Jan 27, 2014 11:19 PM

    NOOOO!!!! We NEED him to stay! Bailey and Jammer are still playing at a high level but are showing their age. Please don’t leave us!

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