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Antonio Cromartie laments Darrelle Revis’ potential departure


The Buccaneers are reportedly engaged in what appear to be serious trade negotiations for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Consider Antonio Cromartie disappointed in this news.

“It sucks. That’s my reaction: It sucks,” Cromartie, Revis’ position mate in New York, told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News on Sunday. “Losing a guy like that just sucks.”

In remarks to Mehta, Cromartie referred to Revis as the “best” cornerback in the NFL and praised his leadership ability across multiple facets.

For most of the last three seasons, Cromartie has played opposite of Revis at cornerback, giving the Jets an uncommonly strong one-two punch at a key position.

“We had the best tandem,” Cromartie told Mehta.

Even with Revis missing 14-of-16 games, the Jets held up well against the pass in 2012, allowing the second-fewest yards through the air. Cromartie played a key role in these efforts, earning Pro Bowl honors.

At 29, Cromartie gives the Jets one sure thing in the secondary. However, free safety LaRon Landry departed for Indianapolis in free agency, and Revis could also be on his way elsewhere.

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34 Responses to “Antonio Cromartie laments Darrelle Revis’ potential departure”
  1. outlawjerseywhales says: Apr 21, 2013 12:54 PM

    “…strong one-two punch at a key position.”
    What position on an NFL team is not a key position?

  2. bucrightoff says: Apr 21, 2013 12:55 PM

    Put Tebow at corner, couldn’t be any worse than he is at QB.

  3. mazblast says: Apr 21, 2013 12:55 PM

    Two reasons the Jets “excelled” at stopping the pass–one, there wasn’t the normal need to throw on the Jets, because everyone could run at will against them; and Two, opponents may have played it conservatively on offense, knowing the Jets’ offense would provide all the opportunities they needed.

  4. prosportswashington says: Apr 21, 2013 12:56 PM

    LaRon Landry’s departure will not be having a negative effect on the NYJ pass defense…

  5. thesteelers says: Apr 21, 2013 12:58 PM

    Yeah, it sucks because you will be continue to be exposed. LOL

  6. nzayir says: Apr 21, 2013 12:59 PM

    It’s crazy. As a Patriots fan I thought we were going to have to deal with Revis for a while. Now the Jets are sending him to the NFC for draft picks that have no chance of matching what Revis can do for them.

    He takes away half of the field. No other corner in the NFL can eliminate another opponents number one receiver like Revis can. Sherman thinks he can but he still gets burned.

    There’s a reason the Jets are the Jets. Trading away your best player by a wide margin is beyond stupid.

  7. kd75 says: Apr 21, 2013 12:59 PM

    Blame Sanchez and Holmes for getting contracts that handcuffed the Jets salary cap.

  8. leoskoolaid says: Apr 21, 2013 12:59 PM

    This is one small piece in the detroit lions trading down for both of the jets first round picks

  9. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 21, 2013 1:00 PM

    The best thing Cromartie can do is keep it in his pants.

  10. newenglandsports11 says: Apr 21, 2013 1:01 PM

    With the amount of kids he has, they could form an entire defense without Revis!

  11. djteknision1200 says: Apr 21, 2013 1:02 PM

    It may suck, but it’s also business. Cromartie do you remember how SD handled you? A CB with talent but too much baggage, SD also had to move on….

  12. leoskoolaid says: Apr 21, 2013 1:03 PM

    or one of the first and their second rnd jets need a qb and smith will be there at five but cleveland buffalo and arizona need one too

  13. watermelon1 says: Apr 21, 2013 1:04 PM

    Until the jets figure out something on offense. The defense really doesn’t matter.

    Sanche shouldn’t even be there. And while tebow is easily better than Sanchez… They HAVE to release him after the BS they pulled last year.

    Just stashing him away so he can’t go to another team is just wrong.

  14. thetooloftools says: Apr 21, 2013 1:06 PM

    Jets. = Crybabies.
    (It’s always something).

  15. 950003cups says: Apr 21, 2013 1:09 PM

    Well, get a real QB and players may wanna stay there.

  16. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 21, 2013 1:09 PM

    “We had the best tandem,” Cromartie told Mehta.”

    BS…..Seahawks have the BEST combo.

  17. nobreak1269 says: Apr 21, 2013 1:17 PM

    Please God-have Sanchez on the bus to Tampa as part of the trade.

  18. nobreak1269 says: Apr 21, 2013 1:21 PM

    The Jets MUST KNOW Revis will never be the same again-smart trade.

  19. bucemdown says: Apr 21, 2013 2:00 PM

    From what I’ve read of Revis’s relationship with the jets organization, even if he never got injured they wouldn’t pay him the 12-15mil a year he wanted? Am I correct about that?

  20. drcap says: Apr 21, 2013 2:03 PM

    Revis is very good when healthy. But a team cannot afford to devote about one-eighth of their salary cap to a cornerback.

    So, while I wish Revis continued success as a player, I think his salary expectations are such that he will end up on a poor-to-mediocre team. Good teams can’t afford his asking price. The good teams are good (in large part) because they spread their money around to more players.

    And that sucks… Because as a fan, I would like to see Revis matched up against great players in games that matter. The Bucs won’t be playing in games that matter.

    Maybe the NFL needs an exception to the salary cap for one player on each team that they drafted ?

  21. jrjung says: Apr 21, 2013 2:03 PM

    The Jets are a dumpster fire of a franchise. They would rather win the back page in the off-season than win on the field during the season. Must be really hard to share stadium and metro area with such a rock-solid franchise. And I’m not a Giants fan, but how these two teams share so much, yet function so differently is pretty amazing

  22. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 21, 2013 2:05 PM

    The Revis trade process is ridiculously long.

    Cromartie has already had 4 more children since discussions started.

  23. onbucky96 says: Apr 21, 2013 2:05 PM

    Anybody find it weird Crommartie knows Revis’s name but can’t name all his kids?

  24. nobreak1269 says: Apr 21, 2013 2:06 PM

    No way this trade would happen if they were going to keep Rex after next season. Bye Revis.Bye Tebow. So long 2013 season.

  25. jrs45 says: Apr 21, 2013 2:10 PM

    Tbay has been blacked out for two years now. Gotta draw some attention to bring in the fans lol.

  26. nobreak1269 says: Apr 21, 2013 2:12 PM

    Somehow-someway-the Jets have found a way to lose even during the OFFSEASON!

  27. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Apr 21, 2013 2:23 PM

    Very tough decision on the part of the Jets!!
    I’ll be sorry to see Mevis leave given our D backfield is our core strength and don’t want to see that messed with. Offensive game plans are altered when he’s in the game, he limits half the field of play & keeps points off the board through the course of a game will all be missed. I’ll have to count on the Jets building off the strengths of last season’s secondary without him.

    With the cap issues & exodus of starters to free agency we’ve been stuck between a rock & a hard place although that would have been cleared up some with Sanchez & Holmes off the roster next year, which would have freed up space to sign him for a longer term deal. I won’t criticize but rather see it as a judgement call to meet the practicalities in where we are & what is needed right now for the good of the team.

    Idzik’s been doing a good job so I can only put my trust in Him drafting & trading well & seeing how it pans out this & next season.

    So long Revis thanks for the memories.

    J. E. T. S. Jets Jets Jets!!!

  28. doe22us says: Apr 21, 2013 2:39 PM

    bucemdown says:
    Apr 21, 2013 2:00 PM
    From what I’ve read of Revis’s relationship with the jets organization, even if he never got injured they wouldn’t pay him the 12-15mil a year he wanted? Am I correct about that?

    Correct, they needed to get something for him, because next year he would become un-restricted and they were not going to pay him what ever he wanted.

  29. profootballwalk says: Apr 21, 2013 2:57 PM

    The Jets sucked with Revis – why not suck without him, get some draft picks, and then suck-for-this-year’s-Luck?

  30. lightofkolob says: Apr 21, 2013 3:00 PM

    Jets suck…trading their best DB and leaving their best QB on the bench. They’re trying really hard to be the joke that they were in 1995

  31. meytonpanning says: Apr 21, 2013 3:06 PM

    The Jets need to get rid of Tebow and Sanchez, and Rex Ryan.

    Nothing against any one of them, there’s just too much baggage there with them. The Jets would do much better without them, and they would do much better without the Jets.

  32. thejuddstir says: Apr 21, 2013 8:36 PM

    Can’t wait to see how Cromartie’s year goes without Revis around to defend half the field which allowed safeties to help Cromartie out.

  33. spideysdog says: Apr 22, 2013 6:43 AM

    hey cromartie, there’s a couple of guys in SeaTown that would debate the “best tandem” point with ya, and I’m 95% sure they are right. Plus, quite frankly, Sherman’s better at life than you.

  34. micknangold says: Apr 23, 2013 10:38 PM

    Cromartie and Revis are both better than Browner, and Revis is better than Sherman. So yeah, they were absolutely the best tandem.

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