NFL Free Agency 2011: Antonio Cromartie to the Oakland Raiders?

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We're inching closer and closer to an NFL labor deal, with free agency expected to start on July 28.

Two months of activity will be crammed into 10 days.

This will be the busiest and most exciting 10 days any NFL fan has experienced. Brace yourselves, folks.

Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is by far the best player on the market, and could command as much as $18 million.

As much as the Raider Nation wants Asomugha back, chances are slim that Al Davis is willing to pay a cornerback that type of salary.

I'm not saying it's impossible for the Raiders to do. It's just something I know Mr. Davis doesn't believe in.

The Raiders have an extremely young cornerback group, and are expected to sign a veteran corner.

Enter Antonio Cromartie.

The troubled New York Jets cornerback recently expressed his thoughts on being a free agent. Basically, he doesn't believe in hometown discounts and will sell his talents to the highest bidder.

He also made a list of teams he'd sign with, and included none other than the Oakland Raiders.

Al Davis is looking for a solid veteran at a reasonable price. With guys like Jonathan Joseph and Nnamdi Asomugha available, Cromartie could be had for cheap.

Mr. Davis likes to pay up for his guys, though, and "Cro" will sign with whoever pays him the most cash.

I think we have a match, folks.

Cromartie fits Oakland's man scheme to the tee—6'2", 210 pounds with long arms and 4.3 40-yard dash speed.

He's also only 27 and provides exceptional punt return skills.

You gotta be kidding me. If this isn't a match made in heaven, I don't know what is.

Sure, Cromartie might have a big mouth. He might be a tad selfish.

However, that's the Raider way. Cromartie backs up his mouth with his play. He also used to play for Oakland...

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