The San Diego Chargers have been trying to trade cornerback Antonio Cromartie. And despite a surprising (in my opinion) lack of interest from most teams around the National Football League, it appears they have at least one interested buyer. The Detroit Lions are currently in discussions with the Bolts about acquiring Antonio.
Antonio seemed indifferent in a recent SIRIUS NFL Radio interview:
“It may be time to move on. I have complained to the coaches about certain stuff, about the way we play, and they know that. But if it’s time to part ways and that’s in the Lord’s will, then that’s what’s got to happen. But I would love to continue to finish out either my contract or my career in San Diego ….. I think they’re going to make moves this year, especially for guys that are going to be expecting big contracts and things like that coming up. If that’s what they want to do, especially with the trade rumors that I’m hearing, that’s part of the business, that’s how it goes. If I’m there next year, I’m going to play to the best of my ability. If I’m not, I got to play somewhere else and help that organization out the best way I can.”
This appears to be a “what have you done for me lately” scenario. And that’s oftentimes the way it goes in this league. Antonio was one of the top defensive backs in the NFL just a couple years ago. He had 10 interceptions in 2007. But the Chargers aren’t impressed anymore (and vice versa), hence the trade talk. Nevertheless, I believe Antonio can rejuvenate his career with a new contract and a change of scenery. Whether that can happen in Detroit, I’m not so sure.