Antonio Cromartie To the Jets: Did New York Just Land the NFL's Best Corner Duo?

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IMarch 5, 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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Jay Glazer has reported via Twitter that the San Diego Chargers have officially traded cornerback Antonio Cromartie to the New York Jets for a conditional third round pick in 2011.

That's what we like to call a deal .

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter the pick can change to a second-rounder depending on how much and/or well Cromartie plays in New York.

The story on the Chargers side is that, despite Cromartie's excellent athleticism and physical abilities, his off-field issues and inconsistent on-field performance have led them to adapt "cutting their losses" feelings toward their former star corner.

While there's no arguing Cromartie's downside in terms of behavior and dedication to the game, the Jets are still inheriting a guy who registered 10 picks three seasons ago, and was still an active member of an overall defense and pass defense that finished 11th in scoring and 11th in total yards allowed through the air.

Cromartie has never been regarded as an overly dominant physical corner or a great tackler, but few corners match his athleticism and ball skills.

He still nabbed three interceptions last year, and played a solid role in the Chargers 13-3 season.

In other words, the Jets just got themselves a hell of a steal for what is currently a third-round pick, and even if it escalates to a second-rounder, it's arguable that they're doing just fine with this swap.

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Throw in the fact that they already have an elite corner that they can throw out by himself on "an island" in Darrelle Revis, and the Jets could potentially be fielding the most feared cornerback tandem in the league in 2010.

Unlike the Denver Broncos formerly feared duo of Champ Bailey and Dre Bly, both Revis and Cromartie both still have elite speed and coverage ability, and both are 25 years old or younger.

The line of thinking now is that when teams throw away from Revis (who they can't afford to throw to ), they'll encounter just as many issues by throwing to the other side, where Cromartie will be eagerly waiting to revisit his 2007 pick numbers.

Cromartie isn't just waltzing into Darrelle Revis territory, though. He's going to a defense that absolutely dominated teams down the stretch of 2009, and fought it's way to the AFC Championship game, and ironically enough, even ousted Cromartie's Chargers in the second round of the playoffs.

With the defensive guru Rex Ryan leading the way, Cromartie could prove to be the final link to a growing, aggresive defense, making the Jets pass defense a force to be reckoned with (despite already being so).

Now, about that offense...

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