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Should the Philadelphia Eagles Still Try to Trade For Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Despite a Disappointing 2010 Season?

If you’re wondering why I am analyzing the 2010 season for a player who wasn’t even on the Philadelphia Eagles, well, you need to get out more.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is rumored to be the player in the trade for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb.

At 25 years old, DRC is one of the top cornerbacks in the league I would pick if I was starting a team. He is an explosive playmaker and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2009.

I’ve heard reports that he played poorly in 2010, and since Pro-Football-Reference and other sites only list his main statistics like interceptions and tackles, I decided to email the guys at Pro Football Focus to find his game-by-game statistics in 2010.

They sent me DRC’s game by game statistics, and I must say, I was alarmed at how poorly he played last year.

I knew that he intercepted three passes for 86 yards, and made 42 tackles on defense.

Here’s what I didn’t know:

- He allowed a passer rating above 100 in EIGHT of his 16 games, and above 90 in 11 of his 16 games.
- He allowed at least a 67 percent completion rate in 11 of his 16 games, including a six week stretch in which he allowed 22 completions in 30 attempts (76.7 percent).
- For the season, he allowed 56 completions in 90 attempts for 814 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. That’s a 92.5 passer rating.

Those numbers are definitely alarming. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, he was rated by Football Outsiders as the worst tackling defensive back in the NFL last season.

However, it’s worth noting that he was a phenomenal cornerback in 2009. He had a 63 percent success rate on 2009, the third best mark by a cornerback, and he intercepted six passes. (Success rate is defined as “the percentage of passes that don’t manage to get at least 45 percent of needed yards on first down, 60 percent of needed yards on second down, or 100 percent of needed yards on third down.”)

He’s also added ten pounds of muscle in the offseason, according to Pro Football Weekly, so hopefully he will be a better tackler this season.

In my opinion, Rodgers-Cromartie is still worth trading for, despite a 2010 season that was probably a little below average for the average cornerback.

Over his three-year career, he has been one of the better cornerbacks in the league. Even if he is ‘only’ in the 75th percentile for cornerbacks, he’s still a tremendous upgrade over Dimitri Patterson.

And if Rodgers-Cromartie can regain the form that made him one of the most dangerous cornerbacks in the NFL in 2009, well, then he and Asante Samuel will probably be the top cornerback duo in the league.

Trading Kevin Kolb for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie would still be a good move for the Eagles.