A source close to the situation said Monday the Eagles "probably won't" use the franchise tag this year -- today is the first day it's eligible to be applied. This more or less confirms a report by Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com that the Birds won't use the tag, and specifically won't use it on corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Tagging DRC would give him a one-year, $10.668 million contract for the 2013 season. That's more money than the key figure in the 2011 Kevin Kolb trade with Arizona has proved he is worth, and probably more than he will get per year on the free agent market.
DRC turns 27 in April. That 2009 Pro Bowl berth is no longer so recent. Last season, he started out as the best player on the defense -- big, fast, sharp, confident. As the defense devolved, so did Rodgers-Cromartie, to the extent that former coach Andy Reid sat him down for a "pull yourself together and play" chat toward the end of the season.
Obvious talent aside, that's not the kind of personality you build a defense around, the kind of guy you can depend on when the going gets tough, which is why Arizona made him available three years after drafting him 16th overall. (Things that seem too good to be true often are, the Daily News has learned.)