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Cromartie For Ward?

February 17, 2010 at 09:20am by Scott   •  5 Comments »

This was Cromartie's third interception of Manning in that game.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN (through a link I saw on Adam Schefter‘s twitter) is claiming that SOURCES have told him that San Diego is shopping cornerback Antonio Cromartie to trade for a running back.

With LaDainian Tomlinson‘s career in San Diego declared all but over and Darren Sproles facing free agency, the Chargers are exploring possible trade scenarios that include dealing cornerback Antonio Cromartie to acquire a running back, according to league sources.

Hey, I know a team that has a running back that disappointed the hell out of them last year. A trade for Derrick Ward might be a good move for both parties. If the Chargers are losing Tomlinson and his salary, picking up Ward’s contract wouldn’t be a big deal for them. Ward is healthy and would probably welcome a trade to a contending team. Meanwhile, the Bucs get to rid themselves of Ward’s contract while acquiring a young cornerback that can take over for Ronde Barber after he retires.

Cromartie had a monster 2007 when he had ten interceptions and another 18 passes defensed in only eight starts. His numbers have fallen of over the last couple years, but part of that has to do with the fact that he doesn’t get thrown to as much. He’s got a lot of upside, but he’s not without his detractors. Mostly because of shit like this:

He’s also supposed to have a shitty attitude at times, which Raheem Morris may not want to combine with Aqib Talib‘s helmet-swinging, cabbie-punching ass. It would be a gamble, but we already know Mark Dominik doesn’t mind trading for big-name headcases and since Kellen Winslow‘s famous mouth didn’t make an appearance last year, someone must be doing something right. Ward is probably gone anyway, right? Might as well get a player for him that at least has shown that he can excel. Morris knows how to handle defensive backs. It might be a great fit.

The other possibility is that the Bucs trade Cadillac Williams plus a draft pick for Cromartie, but the Chargers likely don’t want to gamble on a running back with two reconstructed knees. Most teams wouldn’t. It is very likely that Cadillac is worth more to the Bucs than he would be to any other team. He doesn’t have nearly the trade value of Ward.

5 Comments to “Cromartie For Ward?”

forthntwint

forthntwint (February 17, 2010 at 09:36am:

when i saw they were shopping cromartie i immediately thought of ward also…would welcome that trade but trade for CADDY wtf noway…if he stays a few more years and is healthy he would become the leader of our team…who the hell wouldn’t have the respect for a person who came back from 2 bad knee injuries…let alone a rb coming back from 2 knee injuries…

Slow Joe

Slow Joe (February 17, 2010 at 11:09am:

I don’t know, dude. I have bad memories of 2008, when both Caddy AND Earnest Graham were out and poor Warrick Dunn had to carry the team’s rushing game on his own. If we trade Ward, we’ll NEED a third back from somewhere.

Culvermiser

christomahon (February 17, 2010 at 11:12am:

The problem with Ward is that he is not a hot commodity. Let’s be realistic here. This is a guy who will be 30 years old in August, getting paid too much money, who could not beat out a guy with 2 bad knees for playing time. If we wanted to trade him for a draft pick, we would only find people willing to give a 5 at the most. As far as Cromartie, If I was San Diego and the bucs were calling, I would want a draft pick instead of Ward. Maybe something like a 2nd rounder and then I might entertain giving you Cromartie (as long as no one was offering a #1 pick). The talent is still there with Cromartie and he still has that same value (1 or 2) that he had when he was drafted. Ward might end up cut and then San Diego can get him without giving anything up. Personally, I think the Bucs and San Diego will be looking for a running back in the draft. San Diego maybe even with their #1 pick, Tampa in the 2nd or 3rd round, if not a RB then a Receiver. I love Caddy and Graham but they do not scare teams and they are not game breakers.

Scott

Scott (February 17, 2010 at 11:21am:

@Joe: That’s always the case. If one of those guys gets hurt, you go out to the wire and look for depth. Keep in mind they’ll still have Clifton Smith, too. Or they can address it in the draft. But after 409 yards and a 3.6 YPC average, would you want to keep Ward around at his salary for the sake of insurance?

@ christomahon: SHHHHHHHH!!!! You know it’s not a fair trade and I know it’s not a fair trade, but the Chargers may not know it yet. The Bucs should emphasize Ward’s performance with the Giants and blame his 2009 performance on the coaching problems and offensive line.

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (February 18, 2010 at 12:14am:

Cromartie for Ward? I would be bothering the shit out of San Diego until they made this deal.

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