Rodgers-Cromartie In Ink For Six

Take your bets off the table, first-round selection Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals. The contract ends speculation as to how long he would be a camp holdout. The playmaker is expected to be at training camp in Flagstaff on Saturday.

The signing of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie marks the final draft pick on the Cardinals to-sign list. Rodgers-Cromartie missed just a few days of camp while his own camp and the Cardinals agreed on the details. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but the deal is good for six years.

Many thought Rodgers-Cromartie would no longer be on the board when it was the Cardinals' turn to choose in the first round (16th overall), so it was a pleasant surprise when the playmaker fell into Arizona's lap.

Rodgers-Cromartie is the first-cousin of San Diego Chargers' cornerback Antonio Cromartie who led the league in interceptions last season. Cromartie made history when he returned a missed field goal 109 yards good for a touchdown on the final play of the first half against the Minnesota Vikings.

The sudden, yet deserved popularity of Cromartie did wonders for Rodgers-Cromartie's esteem heading into the Senior Bowl. Once there, he made a name for himself with clutch performances in practice and the actual game.

Arizona will relish the impact Rodgers-Cromartie will have on the organization. His desire to compete not only at the highest level, but for the love of the game is something his former defensive coordinator Rod Reed says will keep him at the top of the class.

Rodgers-Cromartie's ability to break on and locate the ball is what Reed describes as the strongest part of his game.

"Everyone knows that he has the speed, but I think he has the hips of a small guy," Reed told AZRedReport.com "You don't see 6'2" corners that run and can come out of his breaks as well as Dominique can. He does it as well as anybody I have seen."

Gaining weight is likely one of the top priorities the Cardinals will place on Rodgers-Cromartie to be league-ready. He needs to put a premium on becoming more physical to beat out Eric Green or Roderick Hood for a starting role this season, but should see time at nickel back regardless.

Click here for all of Rod Reed's perspective on his former player.

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