Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Antonio Cromartie on Raiders' radar?
By Bill Williamson
NFL.com is reporting that the Oakland Raiders are considering pursuing cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
I heard speculation this summer that Oakland could consider Cromartie if Nnamdi Asomugha left. Interestingly, Asomugha and Cromartie could simply be trading places. The Chargers traded Cromartie to the Jets last season. The Jets are one of the teams most ardently pursuing Asomugha. If that switch happens it would be very interesting to compare the two players’ contracts. I know Cromartie is looking for a competitive contract.
There is no comparison in the two players. Asomugha is much better. But Cromartie is a solid player and would be the No. 1 cornerback in Oakland. The Raiders already paid Stanford Routt No.1 money earlier this offseason. Cromartie is very athletic and a ball hawk who makes some plays.
But he also lacks instincts and he gets burned often. He would not be a shut-down player like Asomugha. I also know the Chargers often were frustrated with his behavior off the field.
The Raiders have also been connected to San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson and Baltimore tackle Jared Gaither. Thus, it seems Oakland is interested in playing the veteran market. Meanwhile, the Zach Miller market has been very quiet. The tight end is a top Oakland target.