Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The prevailing wisdom on DRC has been that the Eagles are likely to let him walk not just because he hasn't been very good, but that someone will give him top CB money.
The fact that he's only 26, has a Pro Bowl on his resume and plays a premium position certainly means that's possible. But when the free agent frenzy begins, just how in demand does DRC figure to be? Where does he rank among the guys that will be available?
National Football Post did a rank of the unrestricted free agents and had DRC at 43rd. If that wasn't damning enough, consider that he was only the 5th corner on this list. Here's what they had to say.
DRC was a total bust during his two seasons in Philadelphia, which is why it wouldn't be the least bit surprising to see the Eagles let him walk. Rodgers-Cromartie graded out as the 98th-ranked cornerback in the league in 2012 and the 86th-ranked CB in 2011, according to Pro Football Focus. Still, we have a feeling that at least one NFL team is going to overpay badly for this 26-year-old come March. If the guy ever figures out how to improve his shoddy tackling, he may have a shot at getting back to the Pro Bowl.
CBS Sports also did a rank and weren't even as kind to DRC as NFP was. They had him at #55 overall and 7th among the available corners. Ahead of him were Sean Smith, Aqib Talib, Brent Grimes, Derek Cox, Chris Houston & Greg Toler.
So whether or not the Eagles even want to keep DRC, there's a decent chance he won't be as expensive as everyone thinks and even if he is, there are cheaper and likely even better options out there anyway.