2010 NFL Draft: Antonio Cromartie Considered by Detroit Lions

Jay BrownContributor IMarch 1, 2010

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 20:  Cornerback Antonio Cromartie #31 of the San Diego Chargersknor\cks a pass away from wide  receiver Chad Ochochinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals on December 20, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.    (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who has been the subject of recent trade rumors in the past week, may finally get his wish. The Detroit Lions have contacted the Chargers about a possible trade involving the outspoken former Pro Bowler.

Cromartie made the headlines last week after going on SIRIUS NFL Radio and voicing his displeasure with the way the Chargers defense has been playing.

"I have complained to the coaches about certain stuff, about the way we play, and they know that," Cromartie said.

If Cromartie is traded, he would join departed Chargers running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles. Tomlinson was released on Monday after nine record-setting years with the Chargers. Sproles, a six-year veteran, was not tendered an offer and will be allowed to test free agency.

Cromartie's production has slipped in recent years. He recorded an NFL-high 10 interceptions in 2007, and has only posted five total interceptions since then. Three of those five interceptions came in 2009.

The question is: What price do you put on a declining former first-round draft pick possibly going to a team that ranked last against the pass?

The Lions defense gave up a league-worst 4,249 yards through the air.

Chargers general manager A.J. Smith would be looking for one or two draft choices if this deal was to happen. This is the chance for the Chargers to move up in the draft. Detroit owns the second-overall selection while San Diego drafts 28th. 

Cromartie will have to wait until the start of the new league year, March 5, to find out if he will be wearing a Lions jersey next season.