Thursday, March 4, 2010
Chargers get good value for Cromartie
By Bill Williamson
Antonio Cromartie’s last mistake as a San Diego Charger was against the New York Jets.
Now, Cromartie is a Jet. Good luck getting this guy to tackle, Rex Ryan.
One of the final straws for San Diego with Cromartie came in the AFC divisional playoffs against the Jets when Cromartie simply stopped pursuing New York running back Shon Greene at the line of scrimmage. Greene went on to score on a long touchdown that proved to be the game winner in the Jets’ 17-14 upset win.
He has been on the trade market all offseason. San Diego will get a third-round pick in 2011 that can increase to a second-round pick based on playing time. If Cromartie starts as expected, this should become a very good pick.
This is a good deal for San Diego. The Chargers were done with Cromartie and they could have cut him if they couldn’t trade him.
San Diego won’t miss him. Cromartie is an overrated player. He burst onto the NFL scene with 10 interceptions in 2007. However, he’s had a total of five interceptions the two seasons combined since.
He is a major liability in run support and he has had issues in the locker room.
San Diego will now move on and start 2008 top-pick Antoine Cason opposite Quentin Jammer at cornerback. Cason is ball hawk, who is growing into his own.
San Diego will not be hurt by this trade as it moves away from the Cromartie.