Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie retires in middle of Raiders' dismal defensive year

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has pulled in his final interception in the NFL. The Oakland Raiders cornerback announced Tuesday on his Instagram feed he’s retiring immediately.

“Today my nfl journey ends, and i thank god for keep me all these years,” he wrote.

Rodgers-Cromartie signed with the Raiders in August after seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who drafted him with the 16th overall pick in 2008; Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, with whom he went to the Super Bowl; and New York Giants. He started one game in his 11th and final season.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection finished his career with 30 interceptions, the sixth-highest total of any active player. He returned seven for touchdowns.

Rodgers-Cromartie wrote in his post he is “at peace with my decision” and said other people might not understand, but “that’s kool!!!”

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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (29) celebrates his second-quarter interception against the Seattle Seahawks with Cardinals' Karlos Dansby in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Arizona Cardinals' first round draft pick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (29) watches his teammates run drills during their NFL football training camp Saturday, July 26, 2008, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Arizona Cardinals' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie heads into the end zone after returning an interception against the St. Louis Rams 100-yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 34-10 to clinch the NFC West Division title. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) tries to break a tackle by Arizona Cardinals defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie during the third quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Arizona Cardinals' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie plays the role of the quarterback in defensive back cover drills during afternoon practice at Cardinals NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Cardinals' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (29) jumps over a teammate after intercepting a pass during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (29) celebrates with teammate Greg Toler (28) after returning an interception for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 30-20.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie reacts to a play during the morning session of NFL football training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. on Saturday, July 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie signs autographs for fans after a workout at NFL football training camp at Lehigh University Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 in Bethlehem, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (23) intercepts a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin (80) in the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Cleveland. Rodgers-Cromartie had two interceptions in the Eagles' 17-16 win. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
This is a 2013 photo of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the Denver Broncos NFL football team. This image reflects the Denver Broncos active roster as of Monday, June 10, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (45) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. The Broncos won 45-21. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (21) and cornerback Trumaine McBride (38) celebrate after Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted a pass against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (21) runs back an interception to the end zone in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The apparent touchdown was nullified by a penalty. (AP Photo/James Kenney)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a pass in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2017, file photo, New York Giants Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie talks to reporters in the locker room after NFL football practice in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants have suspended Rodgers-Cromartie, coach Ben McAdoo said Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. after practice without giving a reason. He said he had a meeting with 31-year-old on Tuesday night and Rodgers-Cromartie left the team on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
This is a 2018 photo of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the Oakland Raiders NFL football team. This image reflects the Oakland Raiders active roster as of Thursday, September 13, 2018 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 16, 2018: Defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (45) of the Oakland Raiders on the sideline during the fourth quarter on Sunday, September 16 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The Broncos won 20 to 19. The Denver Broncos hosted the Oakland Raiders for the second game of the season. (Photo by Eric Lutzens/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 28: Daryl Worley #20, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #45 and Dwayne Harris #17 of the Oakland Raiders kneel and pray prior to the start of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 28, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Raiders defense among worst in the league

The Raiders (1-6) are struggling everywhere this season, the first after Jon Gruden returned to coaching. Their defense has been particularly poor, ranking last in average rushing yards allowed (144.7) and second to last in average points allowed (31.1).

They allow an average 407.4 yards per game, coming in at 26th.

Oakland has struggled to put out a consistent defensive rotation through seven games, resulting in what Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal described as a “defensive carousel.”

Rodgers-Cromartie, for example, worked only on special teams in a 42-28 loss Sunday to the Indianapolis Colts while Gareon Conley played a career-high 76 snaps. The two held previous roles in the game prior, a loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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