Saturday, February 06, 2010

Trade Rumor: Choice for Cromartie

Written by Ralph Mancini Thursday, 04 February 2010 13:33 PDF Print E-mail

Charger linebacker Shaun Phillips has just reported via his Twitter account that San Diego and Dallas are working on swapping cornerback Antonio Cromartie for running back Tashard Choice.

Mancini’s Take: Holy blockbuster deals, Batman! I really like San Diego’s end of the bargain if the trade ends up being consummated. Choice is a hard-nosed back who exercises patience and utilizes tremendous vision in tight quarters. His instincts, ability to fight for extra yardage, and pass-catching skills make him a three down back. The Georgia Tech product has risen to the occasion in his limited opportunities, and most certainly deserves a bigger role. Those who were concerned about his durability coming out of college might want to remember how he performed for the Cowboys down the stretch in 2008. Choice gained over five yards per carry against some very stingy defenses. As for Cromartie, his talent is off the charts. He’s a fluid athlete with size, speed, and ungodly leaping ability. However, he hasn’t always played to his potential. In fact, he has underachieved due to his lack of discipline. How many times have we seen him freelance and get burned? His overaggressiveness has led to too many big plays for the opposition in recent times. In addition, Cromartie hasn’t exactly been a good soldier off the field either. The man needs a change of scenery, but so does Choice. Overall, it’s a good deal for both parties.