Nashville, Tenn. - On Thursday, the rumors were certified. Former Tennessee State University football defensive back and NFL Pro Bowl cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC), was traded by the Arizona Cardinals to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The exchange included Eagles' quarterback, Kevin Kolb, and a future second-round pick.
AZCardinals.com's Darren Urban reported, "Losing Rodgers-Cromartie does weaken what looked like a very strong cornerback corps. First-round pick Patrick Peterson seems a lock to start now with Greg Toler; asked if the Cardinals would be acquiring a cornerback, Ken Whisenhunt (Cardinals Head Coach) just referenced the young corners already on the roster."
Last year, DRC started all 16 games finishing with 44 tackles (42 solo), 17 pass deflections and three interceptions for 86 yards (28.7 int. ret yds/game) with two touchdowns.
In three years with the Cardinals, he started 43-of-48 games played recording a total of 136 tackles (128 solo). He has 61 pass deflections, three forced fumbles and 13 interceptions, returning four of those picks for a touchdown.
In 2008, DRC was drafted in the first round (No. 16) by the Arizona Cardinals becoming the seventh player from TSU to be selected in the opening round of the NFL Draft. He also became the first since 1974.
In his rookie season, he was named defensive rookie of the month adding a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown during those weeks. That year, he helped lead the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII for the organization's first appearance in the championship game.
In 2009, he posted his best season in his young career with 50 tackles (48 solo), one touchdown, three forced fumbles and six interceptions. At the end of the regular season he was voted to his first Pro Bowl.
The Eagles began training camp on the day of the trade and will play their first preseason game at home against the Baltimore Ravens on August 11. DRC will now play opposite of four-time Pro Bowler, Asante Samuel.
DRC played for the Tigers from 2004-2008, highlighting his career with 11 interceptions, 158 tackles, four touchdowns and seven blocked kicks. His finished with a combined total of 1,246 kickoff/punt return yards.