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Monday, August 1, 2011
Raiders will survive losing out on Cromartie

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

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.