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Trade talks have begun regarding the Jets' best corners
When I first read about the talks that the Jets might potentially trade Darrelle Revis, I was shocked. But when I began to think about it, it makes sense.
The contract Revis wants is absurd. However, if there’s any defensive player that deserves that amount of money, it’s him.
What has become clear since trade talks concerning Revis surfaced is that there isn't enough room for both Revis and Antonio Cromartie on the same team when it comes to salary.
Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reported on Sunday that some members of the Jets organization are more comfortable trading Cromartie, if they are able to sign Revis to a long-term deal.
As Cimini points out, Cromartie, who made the Pro Bowl this year, has a high trade value entering the 2013 season. His value might not ever be as high as it is now.
I disagree with the thought of trading Cromartie.
Cromartie showed the league what he could do as a No. 1 cornerback after Revis tore his ACL. With a long, athletic frame, Cromartie is a superb bump-and-run cornerback who presses opposing wide receivers at the line of scrimmage. His speed and long stride allows him to catch up to a receiver who may get past him.
When he’s playing with Revis, Cromartie is taken out of his comfort zone. Revis is so good that he eliminates a receiver from the game, making it 10 on 10. This allows head coach Rex Ryan to give exotic looks to the opposing offense, having other defensive backs play in zone or man-zone coverages.
That’s not Cromartie’s game. He’s a shutdown cornerback, who thrives in man coverage.
It's apparent that Cromartie has a high trade value, but so does Revis. The Jets may get more in return if they decide to trade Revis instead of Cromartie.