Rodgers-Cromartie has spent his 10-year NFL career as a cornerback, but year No. 11 will see him taking on a new position. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Saturday that Rodgers-Cromartie will be moving to safety. Rodgers-Cromartie confirmed he’ll be on the move and told his colleague Kimberly Jones that all I need is a chance.
Rodgers-Cromartie will compete with Darian Thompson for playing time at free safety with Landon Collins installed at strong safety. Rodgers-Cromartie played 15 games in 2017, missing one while serving a team-issued suspension arising from a dispute over his role in the defense.
And while the free-agent market has been sluggish for safeties, the Texans signed Tyrann Mathieu, and longtime Packers safety Morgan Burnett is signing with the Steelers, according to Rapaport.
Meanwhile, two leaders of one of the greatest social movements in sports history remain unsigned.
Per a source with knowledge of the process, one team (and it takes only one team) asked for Jackson to work out as a receiver when his jersey number and position were called out during a meeting with Scouting Combine officials that occurred early in the week. It’s possible that other teams would have made the request; however, once one team does, the process moves on.
Then, the scout assigned to that player’s group communicates to the player the request to work out at a different position, and the player responds with a yes or a no. In this case, the group scout asked Jackson to work out as a receiver, and Jackson declined.
So why did Jackson deny that he’d been asked to work out as a receiver? Specifically, he said that [n]o team asked me to try out at wide receiver. Which is true — no team asked him to do it. One team made a request that was related to Jackson in the form of a scout employed by the Scouting Combine asking Jackson to do both.
It’s possible Jackson didn’t realize that the request came from a team, and that the Combine officials were simply acting on, for example, Bill Polian’s ongoing notion that Jackson should play receiver.