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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Rodgers-Cromartie another score for Denver

By Bill Williamson

The Denver Broncos are getting better and they are not mortgaging the future while doing it.

The team is doing nothing to stop the chatter that it will be a Super Bowl favorite in the 2013 season.

In a cherry to top a massive day, the Broncos inked Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a $5 million, one-year deal. Many league observers thought Rodgers-Cromartie was the best cornerback available in a strong cornerback class.

The headliner for Denver was outstanding slot receiver Wes Welker. They also signed defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and middle linebacker Stewart Bradley. They got all three players plus Rodgers-Cromartie for $22 million. Tuesday, they nabbed guard Louis Vasquez from the Chargers in a five-year, $23 million deal.

These deals enhanced a very strong roster. Denver has few holes, but is still looking for a running back and a safety. Denver may need a pass-rusher if Elvis Dumervil is cut. I could see Denver grabbing a running back -- perhaps Alabama’s Eddie Lacy -- with the No. 28 pick at this point.

There is no doubt the cornerback position is set for now. Signing Rodgers-Cromartie means Denver is will not pursue Darrelle Revis in a trade or pursue free agent Nnamdi Asomugha. There were reports Denver was interested in both players.

Rodgers-Cromartie is a fine get. He is super athletic and he will be a nice pairing with Champ Bailey. The Broncos like Chris Harris, who finished last season as the starter, as a nickel. Tony Carter is also a fine player. If Denver takes a cornerback early in the draft it will be for the future.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. likes the signing for Denver.

“DRC is a very good man-to-man corner that has great height and length -- -he can also really fly in a straight line,” Williams said. “He does have lapses here and there and really doesn’t like tackling or hitting, but if they keep him isolated in man coverage, it should work out fine.”

Rodgers-Cromartie will also be motivated to have a big year to try to get a long-term deal, whether it’s in Denver or not. If Rodgers-Cromartie gets Denver closer to its goal of the Super Bowl, they will be happy with the investment.