Cromartie For Ward?
February 17, 2010 at 09:20am by Scott • 5 Comments »
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.