The debate over the top cornerback in the NFL is one that has garnered a significant amount of attention this past offseason with Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis, Joe Haden signing massive contracts and Patrick Peterson in line for a big payday in the near future, but one Pro Bowler thinks he’s being slighted.
The NFL Network had a fan poll asking who the top player was at the position with the aforementioned four players coming out on top which drew the ire of Antonio Cromartie who thinks he and his former teammate with the New York Jets, Revis, are the top at the position at the moment.
“To me, right now, it’s either me or (Revis). You got three guys that’s up and coming, but right now it’s me or this guy — when we’re healthy,” he said. “And when we’re healthy we know what we can do on the football field. We’ve both shown it in a Rex Ryan defense with zero help. We tell that safety to roll up to the other side. … I want these guys to be on an island by themselves and play zero coverage. They (haven’t) done it yet. They (haven’t) done nothing that me and Rev have done in Rex Ryan’s defense.”
Cromartie has made the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons but rarely gets mentioned when the top cornerbacks are discussed, maybe because he played in the shadow of Revis for a while with the Jets or perhaps it’s because he’s not a blossoming young talent like Haden or Peterson.
He can still jaw with the best of them like Sherman who would get my vote for the top cornerback in the league and I’m sure he will tell Cromartie all about his dominance on the field.
However, Cromartie can reply back with the fact that Sherman never had 10 interceptions in a season like Cromartie did in 2007.