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Still reeling from Super Bowl loss, Rodgers-Cromartie open to Denver return

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the Denver Broncos speaks to the media during Super Bowl XLVIII media availability January 27, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet at Super Bowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium on Feb
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the Denver Broncos speaks to the media during Super Bowl XLVIII media availability January 27, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet at Super Bowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium on Feb
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With the disappointing loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 48 on Sunday fresh in his mind; Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie searched for a silver lining.

“It hurts…I say the only positive you can take out of this is you take the anger and you take it with you,” said Rodgers-Cromartie. “Then you work that much harder in the offseason because you don’t want to feel this again.”

This was 27-year-olds’ second trip to the big game (playing in 2009 with the Arizona Cardinals), both times he came up empty handed.

“This one’s definitely tougher,” he said of the loss. “We had it my first year and I was young, a rookie, really just happy to be in the game. I didn’t really understand the game.”

“I understand it now. This one’s definitely gonna sting a little bit more.”

After stints with the Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles, this was DRC’s first season with the Broncos. In spite of the loss, he took a lot of positives out of his experience with his new club.

“Just being over here and watching Champ Bailey,” he said. “We went 13-3, had a chance to play in the Super Bowl; so I think you take that. All the hard work we put into it. We did get here but we came up short. It definitely was a fun season.”

After a disappointing stint with the Eagles, Rodgers-Cromartie joined the Broncos this past offseason, something that motivated him on the field.

“Anytime you’ve got a one-year (deal), it plays a lot on your mind.”

Rodgers-Cromartie quickly emerged as Denver’s top corner; and judging by his play, he should be in line for a hefty raise. The cornerback seemed more than open to resigning with the Broncos.

“I like it a lot being in Denver. I got to know the guys, and they got to know me,” he said. “And I loved being around them, so hopefully I can come back.”

“We’ll have to wait and see…I hope we can do something”