The Colts still have millions of dollars in cap room after not signing any players to huge contracts during free agency. While they were reportedly in the mix for a couple big-time free agents, Indianapolis mostly signed players that will make less than $10 million per year this offseason.
With that extra cap space, general manager Chris Ballard could be aggressive in going after some free agents that slipped through the cracks this year. One of those players currently without a contract is cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
At age 32, Rodgers-Cromartie is still playing at a high level. He didn’t put up big interception or pass breakup numbers like he has in the past, but he rarely got beat for big gains and he does a good job at keeping receivers in front of him.
Rodgers-Cromartie is only one year removed from a 2016 season where he picked off 6 passes and broke up 21 of them, and he’s only two years removed from a Pro Bowl season in 2015 where he broke up 13 passes with 3 interceptions.
Rodgers-Cromartie also has the ability to play both in the slot and on the outside, which would be a valuable addition to a Colts secondary that doesn’t have an established slot cornerback on the roster.
There are a few talented players in the cornerbacks room in Indianapolis, but I’m worried that a couple of them will go through some major growing pains in 2018. Adding a solid veteran like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the roster would make the cornerback depth chart look a lot stronger and more reliable heading into training camp.