So the bad news is that the Oakland Raiders are still in the market for a veteran cornerback to help soften the loss of Nnamdi Asomugha. The good news is that Raider Nation won’t be driven crazy by the up and down play of Antonio Cromartie as the free agent corner is reported to be in agreement to return to the Jets for $32-million over the next four years. Oh…this also leaves room to give Zach Miller more cash and that’s a very good thing.
To me, this is not such a bad thing. Cromartie is clearly an upgrade over Chris Johnson and any other Raider corner not named Stanford Routt. While Cromatrie is a playmaker capable of playing at an elite level from time to time he was not a good fit in Oakland.
Cromartie’s ability to stay focused week in and week out only rivals that of a video game geek fresh out of mom’s basement and into the E3 Expo. How he would have quickly adjusted to Oakland’s man principles seemed impossible. For reference just think DeAngelo Hall.
Still this doesn’t change the fact that the Raiders are Asomugha-less with only a wish and a prayer that the young corners will develop rapidly enough to be relied upon in all game situations.