The San Diego Chargers definitely are trying to move cornerback Antonio Cromartie, but you can forget about the Detroit Lions. He's not going there. That might not be the case, however, with the New York Jets.
A source at the annual NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis told me the Jets are interested, and a source close to the team didn't rule it out. The Jets are looking for a cornerback to pair with All-Pro Darrelle Revis, and Cromartie is available ... for the right price, of course. But the Chargers aren't just testing the waters here; they want to trade the guy, frustrated and fed up with him after only four years of service.
"I'd pay attention to the Jets," said one league source.
It makes sense because they're a club that likes to make a splash. A year ago they traded for Cleveland's first pick and turned it into Mark Sanchez. The year before they traded for Brett Favre. Making bold moves is nothing new for them, and coach Rex Ryan last week said he was open to "anything that can help us get better."
There was loose talk about the Raiders' Nnamdi Asomugha after he told reporters at the Pro Bowl that he would like to be teamed with Revis, but the Raiders aren't going to let him go. That's not the case with Cromartie and the Chargers, and a move to New York would make sense.
Think of this: Even though the Jets had the league's best pass defense and best defense overall, the only thing that kept them from the Super Bowl was Peyton Manning. Though the club was able to minimize the damage inflicted by the Colts' top two receivers, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark, in the AFC championship game it couldn't control Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie -- and it couldn't because it didn't have the defensive backs to handle them.
"(Manning) can make a lot of great defenses look average," said Ryan. "and he did that day for sure. I am open to any possibilities that can make us a world champion."
Adding Cromartie could help the Jets take that step.
Cromartie on Jets' radar?
Posted on: March 2, 2010 9:48 am
Edited on: March 2, 2010 11:31 am