Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Trades That Make Sense: Chargers-Jets

If rumors are to be believed, the San Diego Chargers are shopping the services of former Pro Bowl cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Cromartie, who had 10 interceptions during the 2007 season, has struggled recently on the field and off.

The last two seasons, he only made five interceptions combined and was often picked on by opposing offenses. However, Cromartie has great size ( 6'3, 210) and athleticism.

Off the field, Cromartie has fathered SEVEN children with SIX women. Not quite Shawn Kemp but he's well on his way. (On second thought, maybe New york wouldn't be the best place for him.)

My proposal: Chargers trade Cromartie to the New York Jets for RB Thomas Jones and a 4th round draft pick.

With Darrelle Revis on his Island, Cromartie would benefit from being matched up against an opponent's number two receiver. This would allow Rex Ryan even more flexibility with his blitz packages.

The Jets wouldn't miss Jones too much as rookie RB Shonn Greene came on strong during the playoffs, and Leon Washington is expected to make a full recovery from his horrific, season-ending injury in 2009.

From their perspective, the Chargers need a running back that can pound it between the tackles.
With the 2010 season shaping up to be salary cap-free, this deal makes sense monetarily too.

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