NFL Rumors: Philadelphia Eagles Won't Use Franchise Tag on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

By Dan Parzych
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The Philadelphia Eagles have made plenty of interesting moves this offseason as they look to bounce back from what turned out to be a disastrous 2012 season in which they finished with a 4-12 record–despite starting the year off 3-1. There’s no question changes need to be made, but one of the top NFL rumors surrounding the team this week involves cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Apparently, the Eagles won’t be using the franchise tag on any of their players this year–which means Rodgers-Cromartie will be free to hit the open market this offseason. It should be no surprise to see Philadelphia make this decision on Rodgers-Cromartie considering cornerbacks are expected to make around $10.7 million with the franchise tag and it’s clear he hasn’t proven to be worth that type of money for 2013.

Expectations were high for Rodgers-Cromartie when the Eagles acquired him from the Arizona Cardinals in the Kevin Kolb deal before the 2011 season and while he’s been impressive at times over the last two seasons, there’s no question the potential has been there to perform better. The fact that Rodgers-Cromartie has recorded just three interceptions over his first two seasons in Philadelphia shows how much better he could have been and it should be interesting to see if the organization attempts to sign a new deal for him this offseason.

Rodgers-Cromartie would certainly be worthy of a new deal and the Eagles would love to have him around in 2013, but it was the right decision not to place the franchise tag on him considering how much it would have cost them this season.

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