Browns miss out on Rodgers-Cromartie

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 27: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #45 of the Denver Broncos is introduced before the game against the Washington Redskins at Sports Authority Field on October 27, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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Browns fans couldn’t help but get a bit eager at the yesterday’s reports that the team had invited Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to town. After all, pairing Rodgers-Cromartie with Joe Haden would give the Browns one of the top cornerback tandems in the league.

Unfortunately for the Browns – and fortunately for Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco and Ben Roethisberger – the one-time Bronco did not make it past his visit to New York, with the Giants winning a crosstown tug-of-war with the Jets for his services. The deal is for five years, according to Adam Schefter, and the New York Daily News reports that the total contract is worth $35 million. The Broncos had previously offered Rodgers-Cromartie a reported $54 million, which he refused, after which Denver changed course and signed Aqib Talib.

Meanwhile, the Browns, who also reportedly lost out on Darrelle Revis, are now left with a poorer cornerback class of free agents representing a step down from Shields/Talib/Revis/Rodgers-Cromartie, depending on whose rankings you trust. The Browns may have to look to the NFL Draft to improve on their current depth chart at the #2 cornerback spot, currently topped by Buster Skrine and Leon McFadden.

On the upside, at least Antrel Rolle will be happy. So there’s that.