Antonio Cromartie Trade: Jets Make Right Move

Bleacher ReportContributor IMarch 6, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Cornerback Antonio Cromartie #31 of the San Diego Chargers stands on the field during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New York Jets at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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Cornerback Antonio Cromartie will join the Jets with strings attached, but paternity issues and all, then "risk was reasonable given the price we had to pay," according to Mike Tannebaum. 

Well said; The price is right. A conditional third round pick in the 2011 draft for Cromartie is a bargain. 

Cromartie, who has a track record of "inconsistencies" off the field, could use the change of scenery. Cromartie came across as polished and professional and didn't shy away from questions about his personal life like he does from contact, which he also tackled, in his conference call introducing the newest Jet.

"I'm just excited about having a fresh start," he said. "I'm excited about the upcoming year."

Like Braylon Edwards, Cromartie will arrive looking to resurrect his career by regaining his 2007 form, which he is confident will happen.

"I believe I can. I love playing bump-and-run and am excited about getting ready for this upcoming season. In 2007, I played a lot more man-to-man." 

For others, Cromartie is the reason for excitement. 

"He's got great man cover skills that are unusual. It's rare to see a corner with his ball skills. He's a difference maker," said Rex Ryan in a statement. "He'll fit perfectly into our system."

Cromartie thrives in man-to-man coverage, tallying a league-leading 10 interceptions in 2007 when he was also an All-Pro in just his second season.

Cromartie has shutdown potential, but his decline since 2007 could be attributed to a combination of injury, his turbulent personal life and his disapproval of the Chargers playing mostly zone coverage. However, he is a rare talent, considering his airtight man-to-man coverage and marvelous athleticism. 

Rex also mentioned, "He's going to be a huge, huge addition for us because what he's going to bring to the table from a physical standpoint is going to be tremendous." Coach Ryan added Cromartie has, "unbelievable gifts."

Cromartie is looking forward to playing alongside the best cornerback in the business, Darrelle Revis. If Cromartie can live up to expectations, he will make the top defense even more formidable.

Cromartie has a knack for making plays and is dangerous with the ball in his hands. He'll have plenty of passes thrown his way playing next to Revis, and safety help as insurance for his gambles. The Jets defense could be playing a little offense.

Right now, he is in the perfect position to do so.

"I'd just like to play in a defense that's aggressive, period, to the point of, let us use our strengths and use our abilities," Cromartie said prior to the trade.

Then Cromartie and the Jets are a match made in heaven.