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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie considering retirement

NEW YORK -- Super Bowl week is usually devoid of actual news, aside from an injury update or two. Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie changed all that Monday.

Rodgers-Cromartie, 27, said he is seriously contemplating retirement if the Broncos win Super Bowl XLVIII, according to multiple reporters on the scene.

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"I set a goal of five years; I've played six," Rodgers-Cromartie said, via NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Somewhere, DRC's agent is cringing. He is coming off perhaps his best NFL season and was set to make a huge amount of money on the free-agent market. Even if Rodgers-Cromartie decides to keep playing, as we'd expect, teams will be concerned about his passion for the game. Rodgers-Cromartie says he has been talking to teammates about the possibility of retirement for a while.

"I talk to them all the time," he said. "It's not set in stone. I always tell them. They always think I be joking, but I always just say it might be my last go-round."

Rodgers-Cromartie signed with Denver on a low-cost one-year contract, in part because he gained such a lackluster reputation in Philadelphia for his work habits. Perhaps this news will make it possible for John Elway to bring Rodgers-Cromartie back to Denver on another bargain contract.

Rodgers-Cromartie could actually go through with his plan to pass on millions. We find it a lot more likely he'll backtrack from his Monday comments for the rest of Super Bowl week.

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