The New York Jets' Antonio Cromartie is not happy about Darrelle Revis' move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
UPDATE at 6:07 p.m. ET by Jesse Reed
Revis has been traded.
John Geiger, who is the marketing and business manager for the former Jets star, reported the news and shared this picture on Twitter:
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Cromartie spoke with Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about losing his teammate and running mate at cornerback:
Just spoke to Antonio Cromartie, now Jets best player. His reaction to impending Revis trade: "It sucks. Losing a guy like that just sucks"— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) April 21, 2013
More Cromartie on Revis:"Leader in locker room, leader in classroom, leader on field. Great playmaker. Just sucks losing guy like that"— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) April 21, 2013
Cromartie on Revis: "You look forward to playing with the best CB in league. We felt like we had the best tandem. Now, he’s leaving." #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) April 21, 2013
Antonio Cromartie: "They still get rid of you when you’re in your prime too." #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) April 21, 2013
Just hours before, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports tweeted that the two teams had come to an agreement on this trade and that the Bucs had already agreed to a contract:
Jets and Bucs have already agreed on the trade, Revis and Bucs have agreed on basic contract, deal should be finalized by tonight or Mon AM— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) April 21, 2013
Cromartie clearly isn't happy about this development, and the fact that he would publicly lament losing Revis is a testament to Revis' greatness.
Cromartie performed admirably without Revis last year when the star's ACL injury sidelined him for the season. He tallied three interceptions and 13 passes defended while allowing just five touchdowns, and Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranked him No. 16 in the NFL at his position.
As a whole, the Jets defense played well without Revis, ranking No. 2 in the NFL in passing defense, allowing just 190 yards per contest.
Many players long for an opportunity to step out from under the shadows of the league's best players. With Revis out of the picture for good, Cromartie would have an excellent opportunity to emerge as an elite cornerback.
That said, Cromartie would seemingly rather win games than seek personal plaudits, as his comments clearly indicate.
Do Cromartie's comments surprise you?
There's no doubt that Revis would help the Jets win games this season, but the franchise traded him because this is a team in need of a major and long-term overhaul.
The draft picks the Jets acquired in return for Revis will help the team build a more complete roster in the years to come.
That isn't where Cromartie's mind is right now, however. He wants to win this year, and he knows losing Revis will make that task much more difficult.
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