The cornerback said he's already told teammates he's serious about possibly retiring.
Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie nearly won a Super Bowl in 2009. Now, five years later, the 27-year-old said Monday he would strongly consider retiring if Denver wins the Lombardi Trophy.
Rodgers-Cromartie could be giving up a large contract if he walks away from the gridiron. The former first-round pick will be an unrestricted free agent five days after the Super Bowl ends, and a variety of NFL teams could use a boost to their secondary.
But the cornerback said he’s not concerned about the money.
“I ain’t worried about that,” Rodgers-Cromartie said.
Rodgers-Cromartie was a NFC Champion with the Arizona Cardinals in his second NFL season, but Arizona went on to lose Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.
The Broncos cornerback said if he wins the championship this year with Denver, retirement may be his next move.
“I [would] just feel like I reached my goal.”
Rodgers-Cromartie said he has been considering retirement for “a long time.” He added that his decision to leave the NFL has nothing to do with health concerns he could sustain if he continues playing.
When asked what he would do after life as a professional football player, Rodgers-Cromartie said he wants to work with the youth.
“I would go back to [a high school], become like a guidance counselor… be a mentor to little kids.”