ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - When the Denver Broncos gave up 331 yards and three touchdowns to the Baltimore Ravens in their playoff loss, they knew that the secondary had much room for improvement.
So the Broncos looked to Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who signed a one-year $5 million deal on Wednesday.
The six-year pro was introduced to the Broncos media at Dove Valley on Thursday and was impressed with the teams’ roster as he starts anew with his third NFL team.
“You just look at the guys you have on offense in Peyton (Manning) and even bringing in Wes (Welker),” Rodgers-Cromartie said." “Then you’ve got a chance to learn under a guy like Champ Bailey. You can’t really ask for more than that. It’s very exciting for me.”
Rodgers-Cromartie is blessed with the rare combination of size and speed at 6’2” while running 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash coming out of Tennessee State.
He spent the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Last year he snagged three interceptions and made 51 tackles.
Rodgers-Cromartie has made it to the doorstep of a Super Bowl championship win as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, but fell short in the final seconds to the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII.
Elected to the pro bowl in 2009, Rodgers-Cromartie has learned that being surrounded by talent alone doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have success in the win column.
“When you have a lot of talented guys like that, a lot of things are expected from you," Rodgers-Cormartie said. “The main thing is just to go out and play football and play consistent. Don’t get caught up in the hype of names and people on the roster. Really just grind it out.”