The New York Jet Deficiency

Tom Chieppo

The Jets had cut tides with cornerback Lito Sheppard, but they sweetened the pot by acquiring Antonio Cromartie from the San Diego Chargers last week during the NFL Free Agency.

Cromartie can provide more punch for the Jets’ defense along with two-time Pro Bowler Darrell Revis while the Chargers will get a third round pick in the deal. However, if Cromartie makes the Pro Bowl the Chargers will acquire a second round pick from the Jets.

The cornerback had a total of 10 interceptions in the 2007 regular season but has fallen under the radar in the past two seasons. Cromartie had 2 interceptions in 2008, and 3 interceptions in 09.

The special teams position is also a factor for Cormartie; perhaps the Jets can use him there as well to return punts for touchdowns. He has a lot of ability and can help the Jets contend against AFC East rival New England Patroits.

General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and Owner Woody Johnson have a cohesive football team that will be ready for the 2010-2011 regular season. Head Coach Rex Ryan has another player to work with and make him standout. We hear it all the time in the NFL, “defense wins championships.”

The Jets were the number one defense in the league last year, but can they get to the Super Bowl in 2011?  That will be in the hands of  quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Cromartie can help the Jets to have a great regular season and hopefully get to a Super Bowl. Can Cromartie become the player that he used to be in San Diego? If it is possible, make sure to check him out next season in New York.