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Antonio Cromartie Rumors: Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks or New York Jets

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets fields a kickoff which he returns 47-yards in the final minute of the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jets won 17-16.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Nick DeWittAnalyst IJuly 28, 2011

With the market for defensive backs thinner after Ike Taylor returned to Pittsburgh in a four-year deal and Nnamdi Asomugha making a shocking move in signing with Philadelphia, all eyes are now on Carlos Rogers and Antonio Cromartie (among others). Teams trying to shore up their secondary will likely be in play for one of these guys.

Intriguing is the case of Antonio Cromartie, who’s getting a lot of interest from three teams (Oakland, Seattle and the New York Jets) at the moment. Cromartie definitely figures to be a hot name to watch in the coming days.

The word from ESPN New York is that the Jets had planned to pursue Cromartie as a Plan B outside of Nnamdi Asomugha. Cromartie played in New York last season, so his familiarity with the team and the playbook could be useful for a Jets team trying to win their first Super Bowl since the 1960s.

Oakland is also in play for Cromartie according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network. As with the Jets, Cromartie’s options were tied to Asomugha. The Raiders would likely be a front-runner because they’ll eagerly pursue a corner since Asomugha is officially out of town.

Seattle, which has been one of the more active teams so far, is also rumored to have interest, as indicated by the Seattle Times. The Seahawks run a system that plays to Cromartie’s strengths and seem to have the cash to give him. Their hope will likely be that his price is lower than some because he comes with a ton of baggage.

Now thatl Asomugha has set the market with his Eagles contract, Cromartie is likely ready to talk turkey with these three teams, and possible others. Right now, Oakland looks to be the most likely landing spot for him.

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