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.