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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Jets land Cromartie as Revis' playmate


The New York Jets pulled off a wowzer of a move that gives them perhaps the most dangerous cornerback tandem.

Antonio Cromartie
The New York Jets reached a deal in principle for San Diego cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
The NFL's best pass defense has reached a deal in principle to obtain Antonio Cromartie from the San Diego Chargers for a 2011 third-round draft choice that could turn into a second-rounder. That gives the Jets two cornerbacks who are 26 or younger and have been first-team All-Pros within the past three seasons.

Those guttural noises you're hearing are AFC East quarterbacks doubled over with stomach pain at the thought of Cromartie getting back to his shutdown form of a couple years ago.

Darrelle Revis was an All-Pro for the Jets last season. Cromartie was honored in 2007, when he led the NFL with 10 interceptions.

I guess the Jets won't be trading for Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, which was a fun topic to kick around for a while.

But the idea of Revis and Cromartie is almost as scary.

Cromartie replaces Lito Sheppard, who the Jets released Thursday rather than pay him a $10 million roster bonus.

Cromarite isn't guaranteed to shine. He has been inconsistent the past two seasons. He has gotten scorched for touchdowns. He badly misses tackles. He has off-field issues (seven children by five women) that must be considered.

Jets coach Rex Ryan has a knack for getting the most of defensive players. Cromartie is an exceptional athlete, and playing opposite Revis will mean he doesn't have to face the opposition's top receivers on a weekly basis.