ESPN Says Chargers Are Looking To Trade Cromartie

According to ESPN, the Chargers are shopping cornerback Antonio Cromartie in hopes of getting a running back in return. ESPN's sources claim the former Pro-Bowl cornerback has fallen out of favor with the team.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen wont name specific teams at this time. More as the story develops.



As is typical in NFL trades, the Chargers may look to deal with an out-of-conference (NFC) team. More specifically, they may target teams that have multiple legitimate running backs on their rosters. Possibilities include:

CAROLINA PANTHERS: With both DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart still in their twenties, the Panthers have an envious pair of running backs. Stewart, at 22 years old, could be a guy who has a longer-term future in Carolina. If that is the case, perhaps the Panthers would be willing to deal Williams. However, Williams has proven to be more explosive and has a higher averages in both yards per carry as well as yards per catch.

DALLAS COWBOYS: Rumors have been swilling for at least a week about a Tashard Choice for Antonio Cromartie trade. The Cowboys deny such conjecture, but the trade makes sense on a few levels. Choice is a young player who the Chargers had expressed interest in during the 2008 Draft process. The Cowboys have Marion Barber and Felix Jones providing a nice one-two punch. Then again, the Cowboys may decide to keep the younger Choice and might be open to dealing Barber instead.

NEW YORK GIANTS: The Giants' have been plagued with misfortune at cornerback in recent years. Aaron Ross has not lived up to expectations as a former first-round draft pick, and Corey Webster seemed to have regressed from his 2008 form. The might be interested in adding a guy like Cromartie, and the Chargers would certainly be interested in adding a big back like Brandon Jacobs to help the run game.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Coming off of a Super Bowl, the Saints are riding high. But the preparations for the 2010 NFL season are under way and one of the team's biggest question marks is at running back. Reggie Bush, although a playmaker, hasn't shown to be a consistent producer at running back. The Saints may be interested in moving Bush, but his $8 million price tag in 2010 and $11.8 million in 2011 make things difficult. The Chargers wont pay that for Bush. But Pierre Thomas' $460,000 2009 salary is much more palatable, and as a free agent in 2010 the Saints might be willing to try and get something for him.

YOUR TAKE: Thoughts, scenarios, or ideas for this trade situation the Chargers have seemed to find themselves in? I'd love to hear from you guys, so sound off in the comments section below!

February 16, 2010

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Yaseen said... Feb 16, 2010, 8:48:00 PM

Let's hope AJ Smith doesn't ruin this. As a longtime charger fan, you would love to see Cromartie in his 2007 form, with him robbing quarterbacks with his athleticism and jaw-dropping one handed catches. However, cromartie has been on the downside the past two years. But let's hope Smith doesn't screw this up by trading Cromartie for a 3rd round pick or something stupid like that. Let's hope he gets someone with value or at least a high draft pick.

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 12:53:00 AM

Hmmmm...J Stew would look nice in Bolts. Love him out of Oregon. Brandon Jacobs could be the thunder to Sproles' lightning. Choices, choice...

richie said... Feb 17, 2010, 1:31:00 AM

seems like a good problem to have for the most part

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 7:36:00 AM

They should trade him to the vikings for chester taylor

Jeff Williams said... Feb 17, 2010, 7:37:00 AM

The short comment: Yes!

The long comment: I don't know that we can get any of the studs mentioned above for Cro. Every team knows he's an athletic freak but has deficiencies in covering/tackling. That being said, how many teams have unused talent sitting on their rosters? I could see Barber or Jacobs as a possibility because of the needs in the secondary. I thought the Chester Taylor rumors were interesting but the Vikings don't really need an average CB.

It's about time that the Chargers had some decent offseason rumors to discuss.

Jay said... Feb 17, 2010, 10:39:00 AM

Bush would be nice, just in case sproles doesnt come back. he can return kicks and play running back. The only problem is the money situation. we all know that AJ isnt big on spending big...Bush is a San Diego boy though...which could bring in some good money.

I dont think there is any way that Giants would get rid of Jacobs, or the Cowboys giving up Barber for Cromartie.

Personally in a big Cromartie fan, but seeing him go 50% on tackles in the playoffs really doesnt cut it.

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 11:02:00 AM

They better do it right or lose a star for a no-one.

Electrogasm said... Feb 17, 2010, 11:10:00 AM

DeAngelo Williams is not only a monster on the field, but he's a high-character guy off the field.

He's got one more year left on his contract, and I'd love to see him in bolts.

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 11:36:00 AM

why bother bringing in a running back if the line can't run-block anyway?

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 12:08:00 PM

Who's going to replace Cro? Don't bring me another Sammy Davis from the draft.

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 12:08:00 PM

The Chargers should sign my grandmother.

My grandmother is amazing. She is 81 years old, and she can tackle at the NFL level !!

Well, at least she can tackle as well as Cromartie does, and he's in the NFL.

I think that intellectually, Cro is a few yards short of a first down, but whether Cro can't learn, or won't learn, is now besides the point. He is Mr. Irrelevant.

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 12:16:00 PM

Jacobs and sproles would be greeeeeeeat.

travis said... Feb 17, 2010, 12:32:00 PM

I definitely wouldn't want Jacobs or Barber who are both injury-prone. I would do DWilliams in a heartbeat but Carolina wouldn't do that deal. Chester Taylor - no way, not an every down back, plus Minn doesn't own his rights anymore so there's no trade. Bush? Not an every down back, no way. I may do Choice. That would be the only logical guy I could see happening.

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 1:01:00 PM

If Jamal's injury is worse than publicly revealed, a star NT for Cromartie is another possible trade, saw w/NE or Pitt.

But I bet if AJ can't get a game-changer for Cro, then he'll keep Cro.

However Cro might drop to the 3rd DB if AJ can obtain a better tackling corner from somewhere.

Rob Zepeda said... Feb 17, 2010, 1:06:00 PM

@Anonymous above; very interesting idea! Say, do the Ravens need a corner? Haloti Ngata would look great in power blue!

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 2:05:00 PM

About time! Let get these trades rolling. Cromartie got to go. For his own good,and the future of the Chargers defense. We can't pay for a wannabe Deion Sander. There was only one prime time and Cromartie isn't him. He needs to go to a team that already has a very good seconday,they can use him on certain passing situtations.The Chargers are trying to build a tough secondary, can't afford a luxury player like Cromartie. To trade: how about a young proven RB, and I mean proven!! Not a old RB, a young RB. If not how about a draft pick or two? A #1, if not a #2 & #3 this year. Cromartie is a proven player in the NFL. We might not like his style or his personal problems, he still worth alot.

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 2:19:00 PM

perris from new orleans would be the best choice

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 2:20:00 PM

Reggie Bush for Cromartie? One head case for one guy since his H.S. recuritment to colege has been involved with hidden deals which includes his parents. Bad example set.USC is under investigation for possible violations. Being on a T.V. reality show that is like a written, planned soap opera on the off season. I don't think A.J. wants that headache. Plus he had a knee surgery already done. L.T. at 31 hasn't had a knee surgery yet. Bush not for me!! I pass with relief!

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 2:38:00 PM

PLEASE, Trade Cromartie. He has got to be one of the worse tacklers in the NFL. Haven't the Chargers been looking at the game film? This guy is a negative for the team. I don't know anything about his personal problems if he has any, but it just looks like hes not anxious to hit anyone. If they have to keep him, take him out of the defense and have him returning punts and kickoffs.

Shane said... Feb 17, 2010, 4:58:00 PM

My perfect senarios, Cro traded for Jonathan Stewart would be super sweet!or traded to anyone for a high second round draft pick so we can build in this draft (lots of good players!) then draft Ben Tate with our late 2nd rounder!

What do you guys think of drafting Myron Rolle if we trade Cro to be the third or fourth corner?

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 6:45:00 PM

Finally!! Cro's been a headache ever since his ONE good season. He's a terrible corner, all the athleticism in the world and the guy can't sticka receiver without getting hands all over him. I say we trade him to the Titans, take Lendale White and a 4th and replace's cro's sorry butt with a promising rookie.

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 7:50:00 PM

Cro for Marshawn Lynch could be good. The Bills have Fred Jackson and have no corners so it would work out for eah team perfectly

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 9:04:00 PM

Hum! Lendale White for Cromartie plus a draft pick? Sounds good to me. White can play some football. At USC he was back up to Bush, but I feel White will have a longer productive future in the NFL. He better built for NFL than Bush.Plus who cares if Cromartie plays against in the AFC. He is not a Rodney Harrison type player. How is he going to tackle VJ or Gates? With his butt or a hand? Rivers knows him like the back of his hand. Lets Trade in the AFC if we can get a top player that can step right in and start.

Anonymous said... Feb 18, 2010, 5:21:00 AM

Thomas ..... Thomas!

lighting 72

geno said... Feb 18, 2010, 7:06:00 AM

the reason why all these guys are falling out of favor is the fact that Norv can't control his clubhouse. Keep 'em all, ditch Norv, and for God's sake let's draft Monterrio Hardesty (TENN)!!!

Anonymous said... Feb 18, 2010, 8:38:00 AM

Cromartie has no tackling ability (among the lowest solo tackles in the NFL for a starter CB), over-anitcipates INT's, and is never in the play. He's the worst CB in the league. Whatever we can get for him is a bonus.

Anonymous said... Feb 18, 2010, 10:55:00 AM

Lendale white isn't a good enough receiver to fit in to our offense. Choice or Pierre Thomas makes sense, except Bush could be on the outs in NO so they'll probably want to hang on to him. I'd rather have Fred Jackson from Buffalo than Lynch. I don't think Jonathan Stewart or D. Williams will happen, but if it does it will be sweet.

Anonymous said... Feb 18, 2010, 10:42:00 PM

Pierre Thomas is a RFA so I doubt the saints will deal him for Cro. Jonathon Stewart has a pretty big contract and in my opinion is second to that may make sense from a contract perspective...for the Panthers. Not enough value for AJ...I think the bolts are better off with Bennett and a draft pick at running back than any premiere RB. What I really see is a trade like that of Sammy Davis for Rashaun Woods...two 1st round busts. Unfortunately both teams found little in the player they drafted for. I hope that AJ can find someone who has fallen out of favor with their current team but will flourish with the bolts...pipe dreams but definitely possible...Willie Parker??

Cro may have something left but it may be too late for it to be with the bolts. A change of scenery may be good on both sides. The more I think of it as I write is that we will trade Cro for a less than known RB with a smaller contract than that of Cromartie and get a 3rd or 4th round pick.

With so many FA's, and so many short term solutions, I think that we needs serious draft picks. Draft picks come cheaper and we simply cannot afford all the stars that we have created.

Go Bolts!!


Anonymous said... Feb 20, 2010, 10:36:00 AM

Do not Trade for RB over 26 yrs old!!!!!!!!!! If that's the case we sre better off with L.T., plus a RB from the draft. No young RB, than get some draft picks for this year or next year. Please no old RB!!!!!!

Ken said... Feb 22, 2010, 12:10:00 PM

Trade Cromartie? Two words. "THANK GOD!"

Anonymous said... Feb 22, 2010, 5:25:00 PM

Cromartie is a drama mama get rid of him for the best value you can Cason can play the spot and tackle.

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