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Chargers look into trading Cromartie for a running back

NFL_cromartie.jpgWe noted a week ago that a rumor was making the rounds in league circles, apparently perpetuated by Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips, that San Diego would trade cornerback Antonio Cromartie to Dallas for running back Tashard Choice.

That specific trade was shot down by reporters in Dallas who insisted there was nothing to it, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the Chargers do, in fact, want to trade Cromartie for a running back.

Per Mortensen, with LaDainian Tomlinson almost certain to leave and Darren Sproles about to become a restricted free agent, acquiring a running back is a high priority for the Chargers. The Chargers would apparently like to either trade for a veteran, or trade for a draft pick that would give them a better chance of acquiring a running back they want in the draft.

Although Cromartie started all 16 games in 2009, Mortensen reports that he’s fallen out of favor with the Chargers, and that they’d be happy to head into 2010 with Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason as their starters at cornerback.

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  1. kpc21 says: Feb 17, 2010 8:23 AM

    marshawn lynch for cormartie straight up….

  2. Bob S. says: Feb 17, 2010 8:26 AM

    Wasn’t it he who completely fanned on the tackle of Jets RB Shonn Greene that just about clinched the playoff game late for the Jets?

  3. ravensos says: Feb 17, 2010 8:27 AM

    mcgahee for cromartie?

  4. JoshMac28 says: Feb 17, 2010 8:31 AM

    They could probably get Lynch from the Bills and not have to give up Cromartie in the process. Unfortunately, cornerback is one area on the Bills’ roster where they are pretty set. If they threw together a couple of journeymen 3-4 defense stopgaps and a late round draft pick, I’m sure they could get Lynch.

  5. thesaint257 says: Feb 17, 2010 8:32 AM

    There you go New England…..You finally can get rid of that weak ass Lawrence Maroney, and get a DB worth a cuss!
    God job chargers! You will Screw the league over if you let this guy go to New England

  6. Bazooka Joe says: Feb 17, 2010 8:33 AM

    McGahee for Cromertie

  7. ricebowl says: Feb 17, 2010 8:37 AM

    cromartie for mcgahee..straight up

  8. 65marv says: Feb 17, 2010 8:37 AM

    He’d look good in a Rams uniform…trade Steven Jackson for a proven starter who has more years in the tank than Jackson does.

  9. TheHockeyPuck says: Feb 17, 2010 8:40 AM

    Maroney for Cromartie….. Perfect

  10. Buffalo Hogan says: Feb 17, 2010 8:49 AM

    How about Cromartie for Marshawn Lynch?

  11. Ravensatron says: Feb 17, 2010 8:50 AM

    My Ravens need help at corner. We’ll give you McGahee + a pick

  12. Ace613 says: Feb 17, 2010 8:55 AM

    Would be nice if the Pats can trade Laurence Maroney for Cromartie. Doubt that it will happen though.

  13. No1billsfan says: Feb 17, 2010 8:57 AM

    Please, Marshawn Lynch for Phillip Rivers!!! hahah

  14. Bill In DC says: Feb 17, 2010 8:58 AM

    Nor Choice, Barber. I’d do a straight up deal Barber for Cromartie in a heartbeat, were I Jerry – and I’m not.

  15. That Guy says: Feb 17, 2010 8:58 AM

    I got one… Lynch and Edwards for Cromartie and Rivers….. yeah that’ll work eh?!

  16. Big Stretch says: Feb 17, 2010 9:00 AM

    kpc21 says:
    February 17, 2010 8:23 AM
    marshawn lynch for cormartie straight up….
    If buffalo is going to trade marshawn they need to be focused on nosetackle or linebacker if they have any chance of making the 3-4 work.

  17. DcNinerFan says: Feb 17, 2010 9:01 AM

    Who’d want a cornerback that whiffs on tackles in a playoff game?

  18. Junior says: Feb 17, 2010 9:01 AM

    Risky for both teams, but Cromartie for Micheal Bush. Not likely to happen within the division though.

  19. Hap says: Feb 17, 2010 9:05 AM

    It won’t be for Tashard Choice. Maybe Deon Anderson and his 6 shooter.

  20. gregjennings says: Feb 17, 2010 9:08 AM

    Cromartie for B.Jackson and a pick to the Packers.Done deal. Write it down.

  21. BOO3LEGS says: Feb 17, 2010 9:09 AM

    Jerome Harrison and 3rd round pick for cromartie!!

  22. recent says: Feb 17, 2010 9:11 AM

    How about Thomas Jones for Cromartie? He’s a bit older, but might have a couple more solid years in him.

  23. joneser says: Feb 17, 2010 9:14 AM

    The Bears will give you Forte for him! Please

  24. ricebowl says: Feb 17, 2010 9:17 AM

    Ravensatron says:
    February 17, 2010 8:50 AM
    My Ravens need help at corner. We’ll give you McGahee + a pick
    no way the ravens give up mcgahee AND a draft pick for cromartie. nor should they

  25. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Feb 17, 2010 9:18 AM

    jamaal williams and antonio cromartie for marshawn lynch

  26. slutnuts says: Feb 17, 2010 9:22 AM

    cromatie for steven jackson? you sir are an idiot.

  27. Return to Festivus says: Feb 17, 2010 9:24 AM

    Ozzie please get of your ass at One Winning drive and stop thinking about the draft for a second and ship McGahee to SD for Cromartie. Whatever it takes than after Webb is healthy we could move Foxworth to Nickle where he belongs.
    Hell the guy was a receiver in college he would be an upgrade for us either way.

  28. jtoeper says: Feb 17, 2010 9:24 AM

    brandon jackson and a draft pick….we NEED a younger DB behind Chuck woodson and Harris coming off a knee. Tramon you are good but jesus christ jared bush

  29. Whines_Hard.86 says: Feb 17, 2010 9:24 AM

    We’ll give you Not So “Fast” Anymore Willie Parker and throw in William Gay for free.

  30. ChicagoJo says: Feb 17, 2010 9:25 AM

    Too bad the Bears have no ammo for this. Unless the chargers want a recovering Kevin Jones.

  31. saaz300942 says: Feb 17, 2010 9:26 AM

    Adrian Peterson (VIKINGS) and his girl hands for Cromartie

  32. promin1 says: Feb 17, 2010 9:28 AM

    Maroney?? Are you people serious? If I were the Chargers I wouldn’t give you a 7th round draft choice for that piece of trash. Give me a break. Maroney!! LMFAO!

  33. b716 says: Feb 17, 2010 9:30 AM

    Lynch for a OT and some picksmight do but not a cb they ar already good and he wouldnt even start give them gold for bronze silly

  34. BoltsTrev2120 says: Feb 17, 2010 9:30 AM

    Cro has been whiffing on tackles since he entered the league, not just on Greene in the playoffs. Where have you been….

  35. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK 2.0OH! says: Feb 17, 2010 9:32 AM

    That seed planter has like 6 illegitimate chilluns. Caveat Emptor.

  36. Jamzy says: Feb 17, 2010 9:34 AM

    Trade Portis and his mouth straight up!

  37. The Hormel Row of Fame says: Feb 17, 2010 9:35 AM

    I would like to suggest Chester Taylor as the veteran help they want: Helps in the backfield, but then all that’s left is Adrian “Feet For Hands” Peterson.

  38. schism says: Feb 17, 2010 9:36 AM

    Buffalo won’t trade for secondary, its one of the few areas that they are good in.
    THey should keep him for depth at the position, and draft a young RB

  39. racingwis says: Feb 17, 2010 9:38 AM

    Packers should get up on this. Need a CB and Grant is getting expensive.

  40. Buffalo Hogan says: Feb 17, 2010 9:39 AM

    If buffalo does trade with SD, it will look something like this: lynch for Charlie whitehurst, some picks and some stop gap 3-4 defensive players

  41. BoltPride42 says: Feb 17, 2010 9:41 AM

    I’ll take the Steven Jackson trade in a minute. Cromartie hasn’t lived up to his HYPE and probably never will. The 10 interception was a fluke. He refuses to tackle and gets beat repeatedly. Give me a 2nd round draft pick or a starting RB and bye bye Toast Cromartie.

  42. ShockAndAwe09NYG! says: Feb 17, 2010 9:45 AM

    Brandon Jacobs for Cormartie straight up!

  43. Beauregard says: Feb 17, 2010 9:48 AM

    Cromartie is an OK cover guy, but a horrible tackler.
    His total lack of ability and effort on open field tackling will cost you a game when he the last chance and he pulls up.
    4th round pick is the best you’ll get for him.

  44. TylerDurden says: Feb 17, 2010 9:49 AM

    They need to trade for a kicker…

  45. kennethnoisewater says: Feb 17, 2010 9:50 AM

    Antonio Cromartie is soft (just watch the Jets playoff game). Even Laurence Maroney is too much for this pussy. You don’t win with guys like Cromartie on your team… least when encountering things like, you know, adversity.

  46. Nevisyakker says: Feb 17, 2010 9:51 AM

    If they can get a RB who hates contact as much as Cromartie does, and has the same ability to avoid it, maybe they can do themselves some good.

  47. IamHawk50 says: Feb 17, 2010 9:52 AM

    What about the Cro straight up for Addai? I think that would be semi-fair for both involved.
    Or what about the beloved Michael Bush trade?
    To be honest, the Chargers need serious O-line help, if they had their 2006 line, LT could still run effectively, look at those Pats RB’s…granted they don’t break 1000 yards, but still they are very effective.
    This one may be a bit out there, but the Cro straight + a 3rd for J Stewart…?
    McGahee is quickly to be on the wrong side of 30. He’s injury prone and only runs as well as the man in front of him.

  48. PatsFan_FL says: Feb 17, 2010 9:54 AM

    I second the Maroney for Cromartie deal…

  49. noles426 says: Feb 17, 2010 9:54 AM

    How about Tampa trades Derrick Ward for Cromartie straight up? Barber is good for one more year and could use some help while he is catching his breath.

  50. IamHawk50 says: Feb 17, 2010 9:54 AM

    Antonio Cromartie has seven children living in five states, and has been named in at least five paternity suits in the past two years.
    Yep Bolts need to move this @$$hole.

  51. Shalhoub66 says: Feb 17, 2010 9:58 AM

    packers first round pick for him they can get the running back we would take.

  52. OscarMooseFarmer says: Feb 17, 2010 10:00 AM

    I’m thinking McGahee has got a little to much mileage on his patched up wheels to be worth it…not going to bet money either way though..

  53. benjua says: Feb 17, 2010 10:02 AM

    deangelo williams. would be a benefit for both sides.

  54. MNSportsGuy79 says: Feb 17, 2010 10:07 AM

    All of you are missing the obvious…IamHawk, you’re almost there. With the Carolina trying to figure out what to do with Peppers, and the fact that D-Will only has 1 year left on his contract. They can’t keep both and with the strong emergence of Stewart they could very well be players in a trade that would give them another formidable corner opposite Gamble.

  55. Jamzy says: Feb 17, 2010 10:08 AM

    Second thought…..wouldn’t trade Portis for Antonio, we already have a sh*tty tackling CB named Carlos!!!

  56. ShockAndAwe09NYG! says: Feb 17, 2010 10:09 AM

    your saying how sorry he is and you think you’ll get a 2nd round pick are you crazy?
    I would give up brandon only because hes injury prone and you can find running backs anywhere, I thinking brandon and a pick for cromartie sounds better

  57. BoltsTrev2120 says: Feb 17, 2010 10:12 AM

    Michael Bush will continue to be held hostage by the Raiders as long as Al Davis is alive.

  58. Pay This Man! says: Feb 17, 2010 10:16 AM

    lol, cro and a 3rd for JStew hey…
    I’d love that, but not going to happen.

  59. purpleguy says: Feb 17, 2010 10:19 AM

    Everyone seems to think the Chargers will take their flostam and jetsum for Cromartie, but the Chargers have been pretty good in the draft, so why not just take a draft pick and try to sign Chester Taylor from my team? Unfortunately, he’d be a perfect fit.

  60. ipeefreely says: Feb 17, 2010 10:27 AM

    Marion Barber III for Cromartie…. not T. Choice

  61. bobinpuertorico says: Feb 17, 2010 10:29 AM

    Only someone who knows nothing about the Bills would ever think that the Bills would trade Lynch for a late round draft choice. Of course his performance was down last year, but that was primarily the result of a pathetic O-line(decimated by injuries), three games lost to suspension and reduced carries due to Fred Jackson’s success. Still, it is unlikely that the Bills will be able to get fair value for Lynch this year, so it is far more likely that they will keep him, fix the O-line and then be able to get much more for him next year. Lynch is still the player selected with the #12 draft choice, who is capable of rushing for 1,500 yards and getting another 500 on receptions, with a decent O-line and a reasonable number of carries. He will turn 24 in April, so he has a lot of good years ahead of him.

  62. pdxbolt4life says: Feb 17, 2010 10:30 AM

    It’s nice to see that at least the Chargers fans know how overrted Cro is. I say take whatever we can get for this douchebag. I’ve seen pop warner kids put more effort into tackling. Yes he’s athletic and can be a decent cover corner…but too much drama. And AJ hates drama. See ya Cro!!!

  63. Ray Guy says: Feb 17, 2010 10:34 AM

    # IamHawk50 says: February 17, 2010 9:52 AM
    To be honest, the Chargers need serious O-line help…
    Well then we’ll give you JaWorthless Russell for the Crow. Russell can suit up as a right tackle. All that bling he wears would blind a poor defensive lineman.

  64. NelDawg9 says: Feb 17, 2010 10:42 AM

    It’s about time! Cro is a Bum!

  65. Evan2442 says: Feb 17, 2010 10:44 AM

    McGahee is the answer…And why are people bashing him like he’s some old bumb? He may have had major knee surgery after college but really has not had significant injury problems besides the one year missed and a few games in the ’08 season. The guy is only 28. I mean, who would the Chargers really like to have more between the people who are “out on the market”? There’s not many options, and taking a known commodity in a solid, pro-bowl RB for a corner you want to get rid of, really isn’t a bad deal. You Chargers fans should now…Week 2 Stats vs SD- 15 Carries, 79 Yards, 2 TD’s, Avg 5.0/carry, 2 rec, 10 yards. The real problem SD needs to fix is their offensive line, complete garbage.

  66. NelDawg9 says: Feb 17, 2010 10:49 AM

    It’s about time! Cro is a BUM!

  67. OilandWater27 says: Feb 17, 2010 10:53 AM

    please give me feedback if this makes sense. Dominik admits that he wants to stay young. Why wouldn’t he now that Carnell Williams has proven that he is indeed healthy enough to carry the load trade away Derrick Ward who seems to be a botched trade from last year to San Diego. Ward wants to be a feature back, and Ronde Barber is not getting younger. The Buccaneers need secondary depth, and I feel like San Diego could use a larger back like Ward. thoughts?

  68. Ron says: Feb 17, 2010 10:58 AM

    How about Cromartie for Ted Ginn Jr
    they both play like they have twats

  69. tomcous says: Feb 17, 2010 11:21 AM

    Want to trade Head-Aches … how about Lynch & Roscoe Parrish for Merriman …
    AJ Smith wants rid of him. Whatever balance picks could be negotiated.
    Cromartie doesn’t fit Bills … he fits TB & GB as stated above
    McGahee sucks BTW … AJ won’t touch that

  70. DemocratsAreStupid says: Feb 17, 2010 11:25 AM

    mcgahee had 14 touchdowns last year. he would fit well in san diego. he’s only 28yrs old

  71. JoeSchmoe says: Feb 17, 2010 11:30 AM

    As if Brandon Jackson has any value whatsoever! I wouldn’t even trade for Ryan Grant, much less his backup.
    Even ahead of the Maroney idea, B Jackson has to be the worst suggestion here thus far. He’s damn near cuttable in GB.

  72. gilly327 says: Feb 17, 2010 11:31 AM

    lynchs performance was down more cause of him and not the same bills line that fred jackson got 1000 yards behind even while losing carries to lynch when he got off suspension and dick jauron insisting on using lynch.For the better part of lynches carries he looked like crap and thats why perry fewell stop the switching him in and out with jackson and just went with jackson. san diego can have lynch for volek. just have to take ryan shitzpatrick with him

  73. Jim Jones says: Feb 17, 2010 11:33 AM

    Seriously, Anyone who trades the gum under their shoe has given up too much for this clown.
    He is a locker room cancer and got the Ryan Leaf syndrome. Stay away from this loser.

  74. thoroughbred_30 says: Feb 17, 2010 11:37 AM

    The chargers are stupid. Running backs are the only position in the league that are pretty much a dime a dozen. They could pick up Montario Hardesty or Dixon from Miss St to in a later round and probably run as good as any back they’ll pick up. If they want to let him go they should be looking for something else to trade for.
    And Buffalo DOESN’T need a nose tackle. Stroud is plenty big. It’s a matter of adjusting to the scheme. The same for any player they could draft except for Mt. Cody.

  75. tomcous says: Feb 17, 2010 11:39 AM

    @Evan2442 …
    McGahee is the answer…And why are people bashing him like he’s some old bumb?
    McGahee has got physical and mental issues … classic keep-me-happy sphincter monkey …
    Not worth SanDiego’s time!

  76. db3300 says: Feb 17, 2010 11:46 AM

    “How about Thomas Jones for Cromartie? He’s a bit older, but might have a couple more solid years in him.”
    Reminds me of that Bud Light commercial for “Mr. Ridiculous Trade Suggestion Guy – With all seriousness, you suggest trading the 25th guy on the bench for a 9 time All Star.”
    I’m not saying Cromartie is as good as a 9 time All Star but he brings more than Thomas Jones. Many people believe Marion Barber may get that trade done and Jones isn’t in his class. All that aside, the Cowboys don’t need a high priced CB. They’ve got 2nd year guys Scandrick and Jenkins (Pro Bowler) as well as Terrence Newmann. Cornerback isn’t a real high priority. Even though Newmann is getting older, he’s still playing at a high level.
    I sure as heck wouldn’t trade Choice for Cromartie but I would pull the trigger with Barber. I thought the league learned it’s lesson when Washington traded Champ Bailey for Clinton Portis. A good CB is harder to find than a RB.

  77. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Feb 17, 2010 11:58 AM


  78. 305phinphan says: Feb 17, 2010 12:04 PM

    The Chargers send over Cromartie and a 1st to the Miami Dolphins for Ronnie Brown and a 3rd. Dolphins move Sean Smith to S and draft CJ Spiller with pick 1A and Brandon Spikes with pick 2a.

  79. IamHawk50 says: Feb 17, 2010 12:08 PM

    I would love to see Barber III in SD. WOW.

  80. nflhof says: Feb 17, 2010 12:23 PM

    How about Cromartie for a used freaking treadmill? Get rid of the Vag now. I still wonder what the D coaches say to him in film review when they watch him back off on hitting ANYONE!!!!

  81. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 17, 2010 12:58 PM

    How about Cromartie for Rodney Hampton?

  82. Peoples Champ says: Feb 17, 2010 1:18 PM

    @ Ron and Ray Guy..
    LMFAO!! Funniest posts of the day

  83. Peoples Champ says: Feb 17, 2010 1:20 PM

    @ Vox..
    Or…Cromartie for Edgar Bennett…lol

  84. Electrogasm says: Feb 17, 2010 2:02 PM

    Carolina needs a bigger CB (along with Gamble) to go against the Maques Coltons and Roddy Whites of the NFC South.
    The Chargers need a younger back, good speed with bulk, that a high character guy.
    Mr. Cromartie, welcome to Carolina. DeAngelo, pack your bags, you’re heading to San Diego!

  85. Stuart Scotts left eye says: Feb 17, 2010 2:21 PM

    Cromartie for AJ Hawk! Screw RB!
    Reggie Bush is going to hit the open market soon and will fit in with Norv’s scheme. This will allow Sproles and LT to walk to greater pastures and will allow the Chargers to have the two headed monster in Bush and Tolbert.
    Their running game will go from worst to first.
    AJ Hawk will replace that do nothing Cooper and he and Siler will be as effective as Godfrey and Edwards in both of their hey days.
    Not to mention that AJ Smith knows how to hold players until the best possible deal is met so I could see Cro putting the Chargers over the top even though he won’t be on our team. His value is better through a trade at this point than on the field.

  86. Magnus the First says: Feb 17, 2010 2:58 PM

    You’re definitely right. I don’t know who on here thinks the Chargers would even entertain the idea of trading him for Brandon Jackson, let alone actually follow through with it. I’d love it if the Packers could pull that one off because that would be a huge boost to their secondary with Harris’ injury and age along with the worthlessness of Jarrett Bush. But the Chargers aren’t stupid, they’re not going to take an average to below average back for a guy who’s young and has shown the ability to be a huge playmaker.
    And Stuart Scotts Left Eye
    That would be a pretty good trade actually for Hawk. Hawk has shown he CAN be effective, but just not at the level they expected him to be drafting him at #5 overall. Hawk is able to play in that defense and has shown improvement over the last year. If the Chargers still wouldn’t take it, then throw in Brandon Jackson. He’s very expendable but serviceable.
    Any of this happening is unfortunately unlikely though. Packers GM Ted Thompson has shown he likes building primarily through the draft and usually isn’t one to cut or move his more notable draft picks. At least I can hope.

  87. JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says: Feb 17, 2010 3:38 PM

    or they could keep cromartie, and sign chestor taylor. it would be a great 1-2 backfield. but as a viking fan, i don’t want chestor to go anywhere if we still have butterfingers taking the lead.

  88. SonOfNOLA says: Feb 17, 2010 4:09 PM

    Reggie Bush for Cromartie so Malcolm Jenkins can make the proper transition to Safety and we won’t have to force Darren Sharper into decline.

  89. karmathaitch says: Feb 17, 2010 5:47 PM

    How about Cromartie for Ted Ginn Jr
    they both play like they have twats
    The best post i read on the board. I’ll take Hershall Walker for him at this point. I would take a fifty year old man over this young punk!!
    Cromarti isnt worth crap! Not a 1st-2nd-3rd-round pick. Anyone who takes him, better have Ray Lewis on there team, cuz he gets everyone playing like they got heart when playing with him. Cro has ne heart. Scared punk. What a waste.
    Not worth snot on a hanky. Not worth gum on the bottom of your desk.

  90. ml63440 says: Feb 17, 2010 8:10 PM

    McGahee and a 4th or 5th rd pick for Cromartie and LT

  91. ppdoc13 says: Feb 17, 2010 8:10 PM

    The dude has talent, but reading the SD posts he seems like a real butt head. I’d do Magahee for Cromartie. Willis is still a very good RB who would do very well in Norv’s scheme. Runs with power, hasn’t lost any speed. But there is no way in hell we trade Ray Rice. He is a multiprobowl player assuming he stays healthy which is always a big assumption in the NFL for RB.

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