Ex-Philadelphia Eagles CB Rodgers-Cromartie retires from the Raiders

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After a horrible first half of the 2018 NFL season, ex-Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has announced his retirement mid-season.

In a day filled to the absolute brim with Philadelphia Eagles news, a former member of the team also made some minor news by announcing his retirement from the game midway through the season.

That player? None other than DRC himself, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

DRC, the 16th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Tennessee State, began his career as a member of the Arizona Cardinals before being shipped to the Eagles along with a second-round pick all the way back in 2011 as part of the now infamous Kevin Kolb trade, a deal that could have included all-world corner Patrick Peterson had the season not been marred by a lockout (yes really).

Over his two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, DRC was up and down, to say the least.

Initially playing in the slot, DRC was moved outside full-time in 2012 and started 16 straight games for the absolutely atrocious ‘Dream Team’ Eagles in what would be Andy Reid‘s final season with the team.

From there, DRC bounced around the league, playing a season in Detroit, before spending four seasons with the Giants where he was reliably taken advantage of by Philly receivers for the final two seasons of the Chip Kelly-era, and the first two seasons of the Doug Pederson-era.

But alas, nothing last forever, and after remaining unsigned for much of the offseason, DRC latched on with the Oakland Raiders in August of 20198 for what would go on to be his 11th and final season in the league.

After appearing in seven games, including one start, DRC didn’t see a future for himself on a team actively attempting to lose games in the hopes of securing a high draft pick, and promptly retired from the league with eight games left to play in the season.

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And really, can you blame him? Having earned almost $47 million over the course of his career, is there any reason why a player like DRC would want to spend the twilight years of his career on a genuinely horrendous team, before attempting to latch on with another team in the weeks leading up to opening day? Better to leave when your ahead than to hang along too long, even for a player like DRC who hasn’t sniffed a Pro Bowl since 2015.