NFL Free Agency: Where Will New York Jets CB Antonio Cromartie Land in 2011?

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2011

NFL Free Agency: Where Will New York Jets CB Antonio Cromartie Land in 2011?

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets tackles Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots during their  game on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al B
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    Antonio Cromartie of the New York Jets has been one of the best cornerbacks in the league, and would make a huge impact to any team that he is signed by.

    His contract runs out at the end of this season, and there are sure to be many teams chomping at the bit to sign him.

    With Cromartie comes the promise of at least a few interceptions a season, as he has 18 in his five-year career, and a pregnant lady somewhere in the city that he signs with, as he has nine kids with eight different women. Take that Shawn Kemp.

    Cromartie puts fear into the opposing quarterback, and makes him think twice if he is planning on throwing it to the receiver he is covering.

    He is a good tackler and a durable player, as he has missed only one game in five seasons (the lone game was New York's finale against Buffalo last week.

    So here I have a list of the top ten teams that would likely to be after Cromartie as an option to upgrade their pass defense.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    HOUSTON - JANUARY 02:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans scores as he is tackled by Courtney Greene #36 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Jacksonville gave up over 4000 passing yards this season, something that just isn't going to get a decent team into the playoffs.

    If they had Cromartie this season, they would be a much more viable defense, and probably would have taken the division title away from Indianapolis.

    Their defense also only came up with a measly 13 interceptions, a number that would go up with Cromartie in their scheme over someone like Rashean Mathis, who has declined over the past few seasons.

9. Tennessee Titans

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    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 09:  Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts catches a pass while defended by Cortland Finnegan #31  of the Tennessee Titans during the NFL game at LP Field on December 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Get
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    After a depressing season full of turbulence, the Titans need another defensive player that can be the face of the defense, like Albert Haynesworth was a few seasons back.

    Cromarite would be the face of their defense, and would give them some wiggle room with their other two corners, who are both good by on their own respects, but aren't as good as Cromartie.

    This would rejuvenate a defense that gave up over 4000 yards this season, and intercepted a decent 17 passes.

8. San Francisco 49ers

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 02:    Tim Hightower #34 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled by Nate Clements #22 and Shawntae Spencer #36 of the San Francisco 49ers  during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on January 2, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Ph
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    San Fransisco has a very talented offense, but they do not have the defense that can help them get into the playoffs and win games.

    Cromartie would change all of that.

    He would be back in warm weather where he has played his best football with Florida State and San Diego, and would be the focal point of their defense.

    Cromartie would bolster a passing defense that was decent in 2010, but nothing really special.

7. Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates the Ravens victory after the game against the New Orleans Saints  at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Saints 30-24. (Photo
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    The Baltimore Ravens have had one of the best defenses in the NFL since they came into existence.

    They still had a good defense this season, but their pass defense was nothing special this season, and their corners were not outstanding either.

    This could create problems between Cromarite and Ray Lewis, who would compete to be the face of the defense, but it could also create one of the most fierce defenses in the league.

6. Denver Broncos

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs makes a reception as Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Bronco defends at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cheifs 49-29
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    Denver had a nasty habit of giving up big plays all year long, something that killed them, and it showed in the standings.

    Cromartie covering an opposing receiver all game long would take away a big play threat, and make the opposing offense more predictable.

    He is a definite improvement over their second back, as after Champ Bailey they are quite thin in cornerback depth.

5. New Orleans Saints

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Brandon Stokley #15 of the Seattle Seahawks attempts to avoid a tackle from Jabari Greer #33 of the New Orleans Saints as he runs for five-yards after the catch in the first quarter during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at
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    The Saints just lost to the Seattle Seahawks in one of the most improbable playoff games in recent memory.

    During the game, Matt Hasselbeck absolutely carved them up, going for four touchdowns and over 250 yards, I think it's safe to say they need some help in the secondary.

    Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter did not live up to expectations this season, and bringing in Antonio Cromartie would be an improvement over either of them.

4. Washington Redskins

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    LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 12:  DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins celebrates a fumble recovery against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at FedExField on December 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Buccaneers defeated the Redskins 17-16. (Photo by Larry
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    The Redskins are dying for a great defensive player ever since Albert Haynesworth blew up all over them.

    Grabbing Antonio Cromartie would transform them into a good defensive team, as it would give them a set of great corners.

    Having Cromartie paired with DeAngelo Hall would make it so the Redskins have one of the best sets of cornerbacks in the NFL, and it would give them a much more feared defense.

3. Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - JANUARY 02:  Glover Quin #29 of the Houston Texans celebrates after recovering a fumble late in the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    It is no secret that the Texans have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, it is the reason for their disappointing season.

    They gave up an inexcusable 4200 yards passing this season, and if it wasn't for that, they would probably be in the playoffs instead of the Indianapolis Colts.

    Glover Quin is a decent corner, but after that they do not have much to brag about, and Cromartie would help them immensely.

    Add him to whomever they get in the draft and they could turn their season around lickety-split.

2. New York Jets

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 19:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets breaks up a pass intended for Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during their game at Heinz Field on December 19, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Karl Walter/
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    The Jest had to use Cromartie for a big chunk of the year as their premier corner, as Darrelle Revis was down with an injury near the beginning of the season.

    Plus, teams avoided Revis like the plague.

    With Cromarite on the other side of the field, they knew they still had a great player to stop any pass that came that way, and never had to worry about ugly games from their cornerbacks.

    Keeping that duo together would help their team stay in the hunt for the AFC East title.

1. Dallas Cowboys

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 11:  Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Giants looks for room to run as Jacques Reeves #35 and Terrence Newman #41 of the Dallas Cowboys close in during their game at Giants Stadium November 11, 2007 in East Rutherford, New
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    For some reason, Cromartie just seems like a player that the Cowboys would make a play for.

    They have decent corners as it is right now, but nobody who is going to stand out as a terrific player.

    The Cowboys gave up 3,891 passing yards this season, and intercepted 20 passes. Adding Cromartie would give them more interceptions and fewer yards allowed, and it would make quarterbacks think twice before they threw to his side of the field.

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