Ryan Grant/ Antonio Cromartie Trade Makes Sense for Packers

Adam SpragueContributor IFebruary 23, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Cornerback Antonio Cromartie #31 of the San Diego Chargers reacts to a play 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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With LaDainian Tomlinson finally getting his official release, Packers fans' eyes lit up across the Internet at the chance to make a play at the future Hall of Famer. However, Green Bay should be thinking more about a move that would solidify the Packers defense for 2010.

As Chris Mortensen reported earlier in the month, the Chargers are exploring trading their star cornerback Antonio Cromartie this offseason.

While the Packers already have a solid starting two cornerbacks (if Al Harris returns) their age has more than begun to show. Al Harris was injured this past season and Tramon Williams was forced into a starting role that was exploited many times in 2009 by opposing offenses.

With Darren Sproles also headed towards free agency the Packers have just what the Chargers need. His name is Ryan Grant.

Grant is a solid 1000-yard rusher who understands the game and doesn’t fumble. Cromartie is a young cornerback the Packers can build around heading into 2010 and beyond.

If this trade scenario was to turn into reality Ted Thompson would have to break from his normal behavior and deal one of his guys which probably isn’t too likely. Thompson has to have a lot of pride invested in stealing Grant from the New York Giants.

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If Thompson looks at the big picture this would help his team in all aspects. The league is becoming more of a passing league than ever and Brandon Jackson is a great receiving back with the ability to pound out a few tough yards when needed.

Ask the Colts and the Saints—that’s all you need.

The Packers have young, explosive players at wide receiver and tight end that can carry the offense in 2010. As much as Mike McCarthy wants to pound the ball he doesn’t need to.

This move also would move Al Harris to either the third cornerback on the depth chart (providing amazing depth at the position) or allows the Packers to move Harris in a trade for a late draft pick in which Green Bay might be able to get some late round offensive line help in this year’s upcoming draft.

The Packers can then shift their focus to offensive line or even look at running backs in the 2010 draft instead of worrying about their secondary that got carved up against the Cardinals in the 2009 playoffs.

It’s going to take a lot of begging from Dom Capers to convince Ted Thompson to do something like this, and given Thompson’s past it probably won’t happen, but this trade would definitely make the future look bright in Green Bay.