The Philadelphia Eagles were in a position to potentially
use their franchise tag on free agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
However, Geoff Mosher of Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia is reporting that the
Eagles will not use their tag this offseason.
Today is first day NFL teams can assign franchise tag to retain free agents for 1 year. Eagles won't be using, I'm told. DRC only candidate.
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) February 18, 2013
Rodgers-Cromartie was the team’s only likely candidate to
receive the franchise tender. While he’s performed well in the past and will
show flashes of his talent occasionally, he and fellow cornerback Nnamdi
Asomugha haven’t exactly impressed since arriving in Philadelphia.
The Eagles could still reach an agreement with DRC in order
to retain him, but Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com notes that 26-year-old doesn’t
fit new head coach Chip Kelly’s aggressive style. Last season for Philadelphia,
DRC totaled 51 tackles, three interceptions and 17 passes defensed.
Rosenthal adds that Rodgers-Cromartie could become the
highest-paid cornerback this offseason, as someone is sure to “bet big” on his
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