Filed to ESPN: Chargers traded cornerback Antonio Cromartie to Jets for a 2011 third-round pick that could turn to a second.
Chargers get a 2011 third-round pick that turns to a second-round pick based on Antonio Cromartie's play time and the Jets performance.
The price isn't too bad. A third round pick for a guy with Cromartie's talent I can live with. As always if he plays well enough to give up a second, that's nothing any of us should complain about.
I can't say I love the deal, though. I'm on record that I think Cromartie's one of the most overrated players in the game. There might be no better guy at the position in terms of raw ability. He makes some spectacular plays. He also fails to make the routine plays an awful lot. He's also kind of a soft tackler, which scares me. This defense puts a lot of strain on corners. A missed tackle means a big, big gain in many cases.
Regardless of the cheap price, I'm not sure this is the guy I really want starting. I mean there's a reason San Diego is giving up a guy with his ability up so cheaply, right?
Then again, Rex does seem to get the most from his players. He turned a corner even more raw in Fabian Washington into a productive player in Baltimore. There's the Revis factor also. The Jets won't need Cromartie to cover the other team's best receiver, only the number two guy. Revis also will allow the team to roll coverage Antonio's way if need be.
I'm clearly conflicted on this right now. I guess for the price, it's worth rolling the dice. The first day of free agency is never dull for Jets fans, is it?