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Antonio Cromartie: Should the New York Jets Look to Trade Him Before the Draft?

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01:   Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Sam QuinnContributor IIIApril 23, 2012

Sources have said that the Jets are looking to trade a player or two in an attempt to create some cap space before the draft.

There are a few obvious candidates: Bart Scott and Wayne Hunter come to mind, but neither of them are particularly desirable. What about Antonio Cromartie?

I have no evidence or sources saying he's on the block, but I think it's entirely possible. The Jets are locked into three more years with him at a high salary, but don't exactly need him.

Rex Ryan is really high on former first-round pick Kyle Wilson, but he's been stuck playing as a nickel back behind Cromartie. If he's going to grow, he has to be moved outside. Considering the other spot is occupied by Darrelle Revis, I'd say Cromartie might be on the chopping block.

Cromartie would actually hold value in a trade. When the Jets made a deal for him in 2010, he was worth a third-round pick. Is it so crazy to think he could still be worth that price to a cornerback-needy team?

The Jets may also be looking to get rid of players who have caused distractions. While Cromartie doesn't have a criminal record, he has made headlines due to his... exploits. He has ten children by eight women in six states. That's not exactly the reputation the Jets want at the moment given their locker-room chaos.

Selling high on Cromartie might be just what the Jets need. They can get rid of his huge cap number, clear a spot for Kyle Wilson and get a valuable draft pick. I don't know if the Jets are actually thinking about it, but it's definitely a viable option.  

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