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Reid, Roseman Excited To Add DRC

Rodgers-Cromartie, only 25, has 13 interceptions in three seasons and figures to slot in very nicely at right cornerback opposite Asante Samuel. In Rodgers-Cromartie, the Eagles add another ballhawk who figures to make opposing quarterbacks wary of throwing the ball outside the numbers.

"It sure will be nice to have both of them in the lineup and playing," said head coach Andy Reid. "We've got a nice little group of corners."

"He's also got great height so he's able to match up with bigger receivers," said general manager Howie Roseman of the 6-foot-2 Rodgers-Cromartie. "Rare speed. Really an explosive guy. Knows how to break on the ball. Can press. Can play off. Can play all sorts of coverages and in our defense we want him to do all those sorts of things. And I think being with Asante will help him. Asante's got great ball skills, he knows how to study quarterbacks. I think being around him in this defense with the way we're going to get up the field with our pass rush I think he'll have a great opportunity to make plays."

Rodgers-Cromartie played mostly left cornerback with the Cardinals, but the Eagles brass doesn't believe he'll have much trouble switching to the right side.

"They matched him up with certain receivers so he has played a little bit on the right side," said Roseman. "We put together a tape watching him do some things on the right side. He started out as a left corner. It's hard to be a left corner in the National Football League. It's quicker. Most quarterbacks are right-handed. But he can do either side."

But while the Eagles are no doubt looking forward to seeing their new-look secondary in action, they can also pause to reflect on the bittersweet departure of Kevin Kolb, who at this time last season was the Eagles' No. 1 quarterback.

"We think the world of Kevin Kolb and think he's going to do a great job," said Reid. "This is obviously a win-win situation for both teams. Arizona getting a quarterback in Kevin Kolb that is going to be a heck of player for them. We feel very strongly about Kevin Kolb. This was a great opportunity for both sides to improve their own teams."

What do the Eagles do for a backup quarterback now? Speculation has abounded that the Eagles will look for a veteran quarterback in free agency, but both Reid and Roseman insisted that their confidence in second-year quarterback Mike Kafka was a large factor in the decision to move Kolb.

"When we draft a quarterback in the fourth round, especially with our situation at quarterback last year, it's because we like the player," said Roseman. "He fits a lot of the things we look for in a quarterback. His future's bright and he's got a great opportunity in Philadelphia."

"I would never have done this if I didn't feel that (quarterback) Mike Kafka could be a backup," said Reid. "That's a position you need to take care of. You have to have three guys, and we'll see how things go. I could have never done that without a card-in-hand, and I know Mike has a great future."

Undrafted rookie Jerrod Johnson out of Texas A&M is the only other quarterback on the roster at the moment. Reid did close by saying that knowledge of the west coast offense would not be a prerequisite for any potential signee.

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