The Eagles decided not to use their franchise tag on any of their free agents, which means cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie probably has played his last game for the team.
Unless the Eagles sign Rodgers-Cromartie to a contract by the end of this weekend, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent once the new league year begins March 12. There’s a chance he still could return to the Eagles, but that seems unlikely.
The deadline for teams to use their franchise tag on players was Monday at 4 p.m. If the Eagles had used it on Rodgers-Cromartie, he would have earned nearly $11 million in 2013. The Eagles, coming off a 4-12 season, weren’t about to pay that salary for a player who was inconsistent during his two seasons with the Eagles.
Rodgers-Cromartie’s impending departure most likely will leave the Eagles with two openings to fill at cornerback as Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t expected to return either. The Eagles already have met with Asomugha’s agent, Ben Dogra, about taking a pay cut from the $15 million he is due to earn this coming season.
It’s believed that the Eagles will release Asomugha if they don’t come to an agreement. The Eagles will have to pay Asomugha $4 million if they cut him.
The Eagles likely will address their cornerback needs both in free agency and the draft. Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith could be a target. He should be a free agent after the Dolphins decided to place their franchise tag on defensive tackle Randy Starks.
The Eagles, of course, have needs at several positions. They also have plenty of salary cap room, estimated at $32.4 million. If they release Asomugha, that figure will climb.
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