The Oakland Raiders are parting ways with yet another player at the trade deadline. However, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is leaving on his own terms.
Rodgers-Cromartie struggled to find his footing in the 2018 NFL season. It appears he is ready to hang his cleats up after announcing his retirement after 11 seasons in the NFL, according to Instagram:
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Today i retire, today my nfl journey ends, and i thank god for keep me all these years. A kid with one kid and no college offers lasted 11 years in the NFL. I played in Super Bowls, pro bowls, n did many more in this leauge. I’m at peace with my decision. Y’all may not understand and that’s kool!!! I wanna thank everyone for their support. Never forget MR. Ooouu himself. Yessuh!!!
Rodgers-Cromartie was selected with the No. 16 overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2008 NFL Draft. His career got off to a promising start in Arizona after earning trips to the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl. However, he was soon traded to the Philadelphia Eagles as part of the self-proclaimed ‘Dream Team’ they had assembled that offseason. Following the disastrous stint in Philadelphia, he managed to bounce back with the Denver Broncos with another trip to the Super Bowl.
Rodgers-Cromartie soon found himself playing an integral role with the New York Giants. It was there that he earned his second career trip to the Pro Bowl in 2015. Unfortunately, things quickly went south in New York and he signed with the Oakland Raiders this offseason.
The veteran had largely played a minimal role in Oakland’s secondary throughout the season. He had registered eight tackles and two pass defenses this year before announcing his retirement. It is safe to assume that his zero snaps in Week 8 were the final straw.