Pittsburgh Steelers Should Consider Trading for Corner Antonio Cromartie

David KlinglerCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers fights off a tackle by William Gay #22 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The Steelers are set in their ways. They have a winning formula and few can argue with their continued success.

They build through the draft, sign their own players, and are not big players in free agency. They seldom make trades.

That being said, I think the Steelers should consider trading for the Chargers' Antonio Cromartie.

Let's face it, the Steelers' secondary was an area of concern last year, particularly at the corner spots. Antonio Cromartie is a former Pro Bowler and four-year starter at cornerback for the Chargers.

For some reason, he has fallen out of favor in San Diego. Sometimes a change of scenery can do wonders for a player. Cromartie would immediately challenge William Gay for a starting spot.

Teams are always on the look for corners who have starting experience. Just look at the way Arizona pilfered Bryant McFadden away from Pittsburgh last season.

The Steelers believed William Gay was ready to be a full-time starter. They were wrong.

I would have to think a team coming off a 9-7 non-playoff season would be willing to explore every option in order to make the team better. At least give it some thought.

After all, in 1996 the Steelers did make a daring trade to bring Jerome Bettis over from St. Louis. That one seemed to work out alright.

I'm not sure what compensation the Chargers would be asking for in the way of draft picks, but if the price isn't too steep, maybe you pull the trigger.

On the other hand, maybe the Steelers have seen enough from either Joe Burnett or Keenan Lewis to believe that one or both could push for a starting spot this season.

The Steelers could also believe that a starting cornerback can be found in the first round of this year's draft.

It's just a thought, I know they'll make the right decision either way. It's what they've always done.