Potential Replacements For Antonio Cromartie

Despite writing nearly a million words this off-season in argument to keep Antonio Cromartie. There is a chance Mike Tannenbaum will ignore TOJ and allow him to leave via free agency. If this does occur, the Jets could look like to sign an available veteran to compete with Kyle Wilson and provide better depth in their secondary. Here is a look at a few names (and no I am not including Nnamdi Asomugha because that just isn’t happening)…

Jonathan Joseph, Cincinnati Bengals – He has been in the league for six years and has developed into a quality starter, good enough that there was actually some talk about him and Leon Hall being the league’s best duo of corners in 2009. Joseph is 5-11, 190 pounds and is coming 0ff a 42 tackle, 3 INT season and did pull in 6 interceptions back in 2009.

Carlos Rogers, Washington Redskins – A 7 year veteran, coming off a 54 tackle, 2 interception season. Rogers is 6-0, 189 pounds and a notch or two below Joseph talent-wise but should be a cheaper alternative.

Richard Marshall, Carolina Panthers – The Jets had some rumored interest in Marshall last off-season before trading for Cromartie. He is a 6 year veteran is coming off a few pretty good seasons in Carolina. Marshall had 3 interceptions and 88 tackles last year, and is 5-11 189 pounds. He should cost around the same as the Rogers.

Chris Carr, Baltimore Ravens – A 7 year veteran who was a solid, consistent starter for Baltimore last year. He finished with 61 tackles and 2 interceptions and is 5-10 182 pound. Carr also has value as a returner. He should be in the same price range as both Rogers and Marshall.

Fabian Washington, Baltimore Ravens – A 7 year veteran who would be a cheaper option and projects to more of a nickelback. He is 5’11 175 pounds and finished with 31 tackles and 8 passes defensed last year.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • One important replacement u forgot to mention is kyle wilson. THE JETS AINT GETTING NOBODY FROM THE OUTSIDE TO REPLACE CRO WHEN THEY HAVE A FORMER FIRST ROUND PICK WAITING FOR HIS CHANCE. look whether u like it or not the only way we r gonna know if he can play in this league is if he gets on the field and plays. it does not make sense getting another corner when we just drafted one it dont make sense or finacial sense.

  • Joe Caporoso

    I see where you are coming from but WIlson was getting plenty of PT early in the year last season and struggled heavily, there is nothing wrong with bringing in veteran insurance instead of just handing him the job. If Cromartie and Drew Coleman leaves, Jets are going to be very thin at corner

  • well then what kind of contract r they gonna sign on of these corners to cause it has to be something we can get out of in a year or two cause kyle is gonna start at some point and thats y i say there is no point of bring one in and if cro were to leave the jets would make sure that drew remains a jet.

  • Come on, man. Dont let him go. November 4, 2007 is gonna happen again

  • Joe Caporoso

    I would say grabbing a guy like Rogers or Carr on a short term deal would be a smart move for insurance purposes and for depth. What if Revis pulls a hammy this year, are we gonna trot out Wilson and Coleman or Lowery with our questionable pass rush? Too risky

  • ok ur right but y would any of these free agents u mentioned espcially a guy like john joseph, sign a short term deal when they can get a long term deal with more money with some other team. I know this is risky but this is the situation that we r in