A Trade Of The Cro Is Eminent: What To Hope For in 2009

Fletcher KellyContributor IAugust 2, 2009

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 30:  Cornerback Antonio Cromartie #31 of the San Diego Chargers walks on the field during the game with the Atlanta Falcons on November 30, 2008 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  The Falcons won 22-16.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Antonio Cromartie had a stellar 2007 campaign racking up 10 interceptions. Last year, however, didn't produce the same results. The Cro only made two interceptions, which were both against the Jets in Week 3.

I've never seen such a horrible drop in statistics in just one year. Not only could not pick a ball, but he couldn't make a tackle. I don't know how many times I saw him watching his teammates make a play. I love the Cro, but play like that just won't cut it in San Diego.

Chargers faithful should hope for a few things.

A trade involving the Cro is obvious, but we wouldn't get much out of a trade if he performed like last year. If Cromartie has a decent season next year, I think he will get the boot anyways. He is a lazy player; you would think that if he had an emerging star like Cason nipping at his heels, he would make more of an effort. 

So we can hope that Antonio plays rough, physical, and smart like he did in 2007, or we can hope that he does decent enough to get a good trade stock.

I know that you shouldn't judge a person by one bad year, and last year, he played through with a busted up hip. However, the injury had nothing to do with his unwillingness to tackle. That's why I show no sympathy.

We should also hope that Antoine Cason has a good year. If he plays up to par, he will be the replacement for the Cro.