Raiders will survive losing out on Cromartie

August, 1, 2011
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Antonio Cromartie will not be an Oakland Raider.

ESPNNewYork.com is reporting Cromartie has agreed to terms to remain with the New York Jets. The Raiders were reportedly making a strong push to sign the former Charger and make him their No. 1 cornerback, replacing Nnamdi Asomugha, who signed with the Eagles.

While the Raiders could use an upgrade at the position, I don’t think it hurts them that badly that they didn’t snag Cromartie. Sure, he’d be an upgrade, but he would have been costly and I don’t think he is worth big money. He reportedly agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal.

Cromartie is good, but not great and he makes a lot of mistakes. I think the Raiders will be better off getting a cheaper veteran or hoping Chris Johnson and their other young players develop.

Signing Cromartie would have made it more difficult to re-sign tight end Zach Miller, which is a huge priority. Seeing Cromartie remain in New York isn’t the worst thing in the world for the Raiders.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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