November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (45) breaks up a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Donnie Avery (17) during the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agent Rumors: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie turned down $54 million dollar contract from Broncos

The Denver Broncos were more than happy to retain cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and offered him plenty of money to stay in the Mile High City, but it appears greed got the best of DRC and now he’s the odd man out.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Broncos offered Rodgers-Cromartie a six-year, $54 million dollar contract – a deal which he turned down.

Initial reports came out suggested that an offer was pulled, it but it appears DRC wanted more money.

As the source explains it, DRC declined to accept a deal believed to be worth $54 million over six years.

The team decided to then move on to other players like Darrelle Revis and then eventually Aqib Talib (who they signed), leaving DRC out in the cold.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is still a very solid defensive back and likely the top remaining corner on the market, though, he’s going to struggle to find that type of deal given so many teams have spent through their budget in the past 48 hours.

Going to be a hefty financial mistake, I believe.

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  • Antwain Chef Bones Curtis Sr.

    Raiders twnty million three years

    • anon76returns

      That offer wouldn’t be competitive on two levels- monetary and having to play for the Raiders instead of a contender.

      • James Schroeder

        Don’t be a hater. No one knows who will be contending next year. It’s a brand new year and all teams start 0-0. Plus, if the raiders did grab him they would have a better chance at contending.

        • Matthew Heuser


        • anon76returns

          There is no way of knowing for sure, but I can predict with a pretty high degree of certainty. I respect what McKenzie is trying to do, but I don’t even think he’d claim that Oakland’s on the cusp of contention this year. San Diego, KC, and Denver were all playoff teams last year- that could easily be 5 losses right there. Seattle, AZ, St. Louis, and SF could easily be 4 more. New England and Miami could be another two. In fact, out of those 12 games, the Raiders would be overachieving to come up with 3 wins. The Jets and Bills will be tough wins, but the Raiders could get those. That leaves Cleveland (winnable) and Houston (we’ll see who they get in the draft). I’d say based on McKenzie’s apparent approach (get many good but not great FAs, then draft BPA for development) the realistic expectation for the Raiders next season would range from 3-6 wins.
          If DRC left $54M on the table with Denver in order to go to a 3-to-6 win team for $20M, then I’d say that’s a pretty big letdown on his part.

          • jeremy8989

            Cleveland D is among the best in the NFL. they will not beat them, being from northern california, the raiders need to get it together.

        • jeremy8989

          haha, do you guy remember signing another big name CB, and it not working?
          start building from the ground up(OL/DL)

  • Antwain Chef Bones Curtis Sr.

    I really want captain murlynn and or thurmond

  • Jay-r Musicismylife Boone

    this never happened

  • thebiz

    Most these best cb’s in the NFL should only get 5Mil max. Teams are crazy to pay them anymore. 5Mil or move on.

  • jeremy8989

    As a denver fan, this saddens me. But C’mon DRC get it together, you played WELL ONE SEASON!

  • Derek Allen

    So so misleading!!!! And the average fan just eats it up! $54 million over six years….yeah right – this is the NFL people. Meaning players RARELY see the money on the back end of a long term contract like this. This deal equates to six one year deals….Meaning NO GUARANTEED MONEY!!!! Which is basically what an NFL contract is about – how much do I get for sure! He could break a leg or blow out a knee and it’s over. He is looking for a large signing bonus. So he turned it down. Lets see who gives him the guaranteed money.

    • Adam Jones

      How do you know how much of the deal was a signing bonus? It just says the deal was worth $54M, it didn’t say anything about base salary vs signing bonus.

      You seem to think there was no guaranteed money in the contract which is a bizarre assumption. I’ve never heard of a 6 year/$54M contract that was all base salary and no signing bonus.

      • Derek Allen

        Adam…I played football in college and the game really means a great deal to me. Which means I probably spend a little too much time following all this stuff! When I said he wasn’t getting any guaranteed money….I meant not enough for him to sign. Going into free agency, Cromartie felt that the season he had reestablished who he was as player.(after the down year in Philly) Which means….he valued his self on the level of Aqib Talib.(which I somewhat agree with) Talib received $26 mil in guaranteed money…Denver offerred Cromartie $10 mil. No way he was going to sign that deal. He felt that is the least amount he can get. I still thin he will get more than $10 mil guaranteed. Let’s see…..I saw the Jets couldn’t close with him today.