San Diego recently reported placing cornerback Antonio Cromartie on the trading block in hopes to get a solid runningback. Ladainian Tomlinson has already stated that he felt his nine year career in San Diego is over.
San Diego was ranked 31st overall in rushing yardage this past season and with Darren Sproles becoming a free agent, they desperately need help in the backfield.
Here are my top 5 landing spots for Cromartie.
Through the many mock drafts already in place this offseason, I've noticed a lot of people still picking the Saints to go defense through the draft. Last season's first round pick Malcom Jenkins is expected to take over at Free Safety as soon as Darren Sharper leaves town.
New Orleans is expected to put the fanchise tag on Sharper for a least one more season but cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer both suffered injuries in 2009 that left them thin in the secondary. Cromartie would be a good fit in Greg Williams style of defense.
New Orleans best run threat is Pierre Thomas who I doubt they'll part with, but Reggie Bush is expected to make $8.0 mil this coming season and there have been rumors of releasing or trading Bush if they can't renegotiate his contract.
Carolina needs serious help on the defensive side of the ball. They have great depth at runningback with Jonathan Stewart, Deangelo Williams, Terrel Sutton, and Mike Goodson. All seem to be capable Runningbacks.
Rex Ryan as we all know is a defensive minded coach. New York has great depth at the runningback position. Shonn Greene took over as the featured back through the playoffs. Thomas Jones would be great for them to keep as depth but it would more than likely be cheaper for them to trade Jones and tender restricted free agent Leon Washington.
Oakland would benefit greatly by trading away a member of their "three-headed monster" in Darren McFadden, Michael Bush, or Justin Fargas for Antonio Cromartie. This would allow them to concentrate on upgrading their offensive line or quarterback position through the draft.
Dallas needs help in the secondary. They're not too bad off but with the addition of Antonio Cromartie they would take a big step on the defensive side of the ball. With Marion Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice they have three great trade options. I suspect that Dallas will be the number one team going after Cromartie.