Before the Broncos handed Aqib Talib a six-year, $57 million contract, they reportedly wanted to back up the Brinks truck to retain their own cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
He wasn’t interested.
A source tells Profootballtalk.com that Rodgers-Cromartie rejected a deal believed to be worth $54 million over six years. Specifics of the proposed pact, such as guaranteed money, weren’t mentioned, but it likely would have been in the same range as Talib’s $26 million in guarantees.
The Broncos then turned their attention to Darrelle Revis, who’d similarly rebuff them to sign a one-year, $12 million deal with the Patriots. Talib was, in fact, their third choice.
As for Rodgers-Cromartie, he remains on the open market, twisting in the wind as the top corner available. Though he’s still in his prime — he’ll turn 28-years-old next month — Rodgers-Cromartie’s market is barren, with nary a free agent visit scheduled. His seemingly gargantuan financial demands won’t do anything to help his stock, either.