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supa_fly_steeler
03-05-2010, 08:20 AM
Chargers agree to trade CB Cromartie to Jets for 2011 draft pick
http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d816bfa5f&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

It might be a lot tougher to throw against the New York Jets next season.

A few hours before the NFL's free-agency period began, the Jets agreed to acquire talented but troubled cornerback Antonio Cromartie from the San Diego Chargers in a trade Thursday night.

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported the trade, and the Jets later confirmed the deal to The Associated Press but didn't release specifics. According to La Canfora, the Chargers will receive at least a third-round selection in 2011, and it could become a second-round pick, depending on Cromartie's performance.

Cromartie was an All-Pro in 2007 and will team with Darrelle Revis in the Jets' secondary, making them possibly the best cornerback tandem in the NFL. Cromartie replaces Lito Sheppard, who was released earlier in the day after one disappointing season.

It could be a welcome change for Cromartie, who has struggled the last two seasons. He has 15 interceptions in four seasons since being the 19th overall pick out of Florida State in 2006, but the Chargers were dissatisfied with Cromartie's performance late last season and in the playoffs. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith made it clear that he would try to trade Cromartie.

One of Cromartie's low moments actually came against his new team in the playoffs in January. Cromartie froze as Jets running back Shonn Greene hit the hole at the start of a 53-yard touchdown run that gave New York a 10-point lead midway through the fourth quarter of a 17-14 victory in the AFC divisional round. Cromartie eventually caught up to Greene and gave him a shove well after he'd crossed the goal line -- but the cornerback already had drawn the ire of fans and apparently the Chargers.

Cromartie, 25, also has had his share of legal troubles. He has dealt with at least five paternity suits; he has fathered seven children by several woman. Cromartie also had a bar patron claim that the cornerback hit him in the head with a champagne bottle hours after the team's victory at Denver last November. San Diego police later said there wasn't enough evidence to prove the claim.

Cromartie also was disciplined by coach Norv Turner for breaking Chargers rules regarding tweeting from the team premises.

Despite the issues both on and off the field, Cromartie gives Jets coach Rex Ryan an athletic player with loads of potential.

In his second season in 2007, Cromartie set the Chargers' franchise record with an NFL-leading 10 interceptions, and he added two more picks in the playoffs as San Diego made it to the AFC Championship Game. He also was credited earlier in that season with the longest play in NFL history when he returned a missed field-goal attempt by the Minnesota Vikings 109 yards for a touchdown.

Cromartie boasted the next season that he wanted to break the NFL record for interceptions with 14, but he had just two while playing throughout the year with a hip injury. Cromartie had three interceptions last season.

Fire Haley
03-05-2010, 10:46 AM
A 2011 3rd rd pick?

whatadeal

We could have converted him to replace Lord Tyrone at the least.

Venom
03-05-2010, 10:49 AM
It could turn out to be a second round pick if he has a good year

Gnutella
03-05-2010, 11:11 AM
It might be tougher to throw against the Jets next year, but it'll be easier to run against them. :sofunny:

RoethlisBURGHer
03-05-2010, 11:46 AM
He's not a shutdown corner, but when he doesn't have to cover a guy for 7 seconds because the team actually rushes the passer, he's a good player because of his athleticism.

The Jets like to blitz. Cromartie could return to his 2007 form because of it. He'll get a lot of chances, people don't wanna throw to the side Revis is covering.

steelerdave1969
03-05-2010, 08:54 PM
Cromartie is ok, but If Ben could just Not Under Throw his WR's on all those bombs we could have had atleast 1 TD more in that playoff game and maybe 2. He is ok but he is nowhere near what everyone thinks. Why else do you think the Chargers were gonna most likely release the guy anyways... thats the joke about the Jets right now. Sounds to me like from Gil Brandt from SIrius Radio that the Chargers were pretty much gonna release him anyways.