Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wants to play again

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Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has had a change of heart.

Rodgers-Cromartie played in seven games for the Raiders last season before posting a retirement announcement on Instagram in late October. That announcement lives on in cyberspace, but Rodgers-Cromartie feels differently about his future plans.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Rodgers-Cromartie has been reinstated from the retirement list and wants to resume his career in 2019.

Rodgers-Cromartie had eight tackles and a forced fumble for the Raiders before stepping away last season. He was with the Giants for four years before moving to Oakland and has also played in Denver, Philadelphia and Arizona over the course of an NFL career that started in 2008.

25 responses to “Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wants to play again

  1. He started with 4.2 range 40 time, if he lost a step or 2 he is probably still 4.3 to 4.5 speed, give him vet min contract, and see if he can contribute.

  2. Defensive backs that can’t adapt to a safety role get the short end of the stick as soon as they turn the wrong side of 30. You lose a step and it’s on to the next one. Sure the same can be said for any player but in the speed positions….Forget it. Tons of respect for cornerbacks, imo the most difficult position to play.

  3. Albeit he’s 33, cornerbacks that are 6’2″ and have 4.2-4.3 speed don’t come around everyday. He has great ball skills and plays well in zone. Needs to fit a scheme though. He was misused in Philly after playing great in Arizona. Then played well for the Broncos and Giants.

    He had more than a few nagging injuries during his final few seasons with the Giants and his contract became too large for the team to justify after they signed Jackrabbit then drafted Eli Apple in the first round.

  4. “The Bill’s should take a flyer on him and move him to safety.”

    And who’s sitting to make room for him, Hyde or Poyer? And they already have a decent backup or two at the position. In other words, why bother?

  5. It is a scary feeling when you are used to a steady paycheck and all of the sudden it’s gone. He is still a very young man in civilian standards and has a long life ahead of him. Don’t blame him for trying to squeeze a few more hundred thousand out of the multi billion dollar industry, should atleast be given a try out .

  6. Needs $? Many people find passion when they don’t have any $. Great motivator.

  7. johnqhorn says: If he unretires, who holds his rights? Oakland?
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    He merely signed a 1yr contract with them last Aug. As he retired mid-season it may be they’ve some rights on him, however as he was just a 2nd-stringer who didn’t even get on the field the week before retiring, Raiders may have released him – trade value would be negligible anyway.

  8. when the checks stop coming, it forces people to stop spending and many can’t handle that for some weird reason.

  9. Can’t say I’m surprised by the remarks stating that he’s coming back because he’s broke. It’s an absurd generalization, especially considering the fact that Witten just announced his return also.

    It’s not at all possible that he’s coming back for the love of the game? Stop lumping all black athletes as being bad with money.

  10. gregerss says:
    March 7, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    “It’s not at all possible that he’s coming back for the love of the game? Stop lumping all black athletes as being bad with money.”

    you’re pathetic. not 1 person on here mentioned his color but you. most athletes nowadays are spoiled, self centered clowns regardless of color.

    he was gettin’ smoked consistently last year and was relegated to special teams because of that poor performance. instead of working harder to make improvements, he retired. not like a man would, face to face with his teammates and coaches but on twitter. that is not what someone who plays for the love of the game does.

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