Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Cro: I'm better playmaker than Nnamdi
By Rich Cimini
When Antonio Cromartie re-signed with the Jets, he was beseiged with questions about Nnamdi Asomugha, the team's first choice to start opposite Darrelle Revis.
That was nothing. If Cromartie had signed with the Raiders, Asomugha's former team, the comparisons to the All-Pro cornerback would've been non-stop. The Raiders, whom the Jets play Sunday in Oakland, were hot for Cromartie during free agency. It came down to Jets and Raiders.
Frankly, Cromartie believes the Asomugha comparisons would've been off base. Why? Because in one respect, Cromartie thinks he's better than Nnamdi. Yeah, that's right, better.
"My style of play and his style of play are totally different," Cromartie told ESPNNewYork.com. "I feel I'm more of a playmaker than he is."
Cromartie is confident, and why not? He's coming off one of the best games by a Jets cornerback in recent memory, a two-interception game against the Jaguars. So far, the Jets' four-year, $32 million contract for Cromartie looks like a solid investment.
The Raiders, who lost Asomugha in free agency, went hard after Cromartie. He's an Al Davis kind of player -- fast, freakishly athletic and a man-to-man corner. For Cromartie, the decision came down to a shot at the Super Bowl. Evidently, he didn't think the Raiders are close.
"For me, it was about being able to win now, having a chance to win the Super Bowl," Cromartie said. "Oakland is an up-and-coming team and coach (Hue) Jackson is doing a great job. They're a team that, in the near future, is going to be a great team.
"They were trying to sell me that I could be one of their No. 1 corners (with Stanford Routt), but here, with the Jets, I feel like we have two No. 1 corners -- 1A and 1B."