Champ Bailey has another new partner, and the Broncos continue to be active early in this year's free agency period. According to Adam Schefter, Denver agreed to terms with former Eagles corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on a one-year deal.
For the seemingly ageless Bailey, there's never a dull offseason in Denver, whether it's the revolving door of defensive coordinators, or the constant swapping of cornerbacks across the field from him. To wit, he's played in Denver under Larry Coyer, Bob Slowik, Mike Nolan, Wink Martindale, Dennis Allen, and Jack Del Rio, while he's partnered with Kelly Herndon, Darrent Williams (RIP), Dre' Bly, Andre' Goodman, Perrish Cox, Tracy Porter, Chris Harris, and now Rodgers-Cromartie.
And while Del Rio is back for a second season, offering a stability unknown to the Broncos in many years (Slowik in '07 and '08 doesn't count, right?), Rodgers-Cromartie is on a one-year, show-me type of contract, not unlike the $4M one Porter signed a year ago.
Will DRC show the Broncos he's worth keeping around beyond 2013? And if so, will Champ still be at corner, or a Bronco at all?
At least this time, Denver is adding a corner to an area of extreme strength, what with Bailey, Harris, Tony Carter, and Omar Bolden already holding the position down. It would appear we can cross CB off the list of draft possibilities.
Rodgers-Cromartie, who is a cousin of fellow NFLers OctoDad, Terrelle Smith, and Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith, will turn 27 in a few weeks. He was a first-round selection (16th overall) by the Cardinals in 2008, and he's started 54 of the 77 games he's played in during his five-year career. His three missed games of 2011 are the only times he's not suited up in the NFL.
In that time, he's accumulated one sack, 16 interceptions (four returned for touchdowns), 84 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and 211 tackles. By PFF's measure, he graded out at -7.1 over 1,020 snaps in 2012, with a -5.2 grade across just 487 snaps the year prior. In 2010, he was a -13.4 over 1,130 snaps, while in 2009, he was a +16.8 in 1,074 snaps. As a rookie in 2008, he posted a -1.8 grade over 1,079 snaps.
DRC was part of the Eagles' return in the Kevin Kolb trade, and he's coming off a rookie contract that paid him a shade over $12M for five seasons.
Earlier in the day, Denver announced deals with WR Wes Welker (GR), DT Terrance Knighton (GR), and LB Stewart Bradley. Rodgers-Cromartie, Welker, and Knighton all figure to be (essentially) starters, while Bradley will apparently get a chance to compete for the starting Mike job.