In The Market For A Cornerback

Nov 25, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) dives for a first down on a fourth down and 29 play to keep the Ravens drive alive as San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) and cornerback Antoine Cason (20) tackle him at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

In 2008, I was utterly thrilled when Antoine Cason was drafted in the 1st round by the San Diego Chargers. Cason was the 4th cornerback off the board and, at the time, graded higher than Brandon Flowers, and it was expected that Cason’s career would be far superior to Flowers’. We were on the verge of having three solid cornerbacks. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite pan out that way. In 2007 (the season before), Quentin Jammer had a solid season and Antonio Cromartie had led the league with 10 interceptions. Add in the development of Eric Weddle, we had the potential to have a deep and threatening defensive backfield. Cromartie is gone but nobody really cares and Jammer is aging and his shutdown days are behind him. Cason is a free agent but not necessarily the best free agent cornerback on the market. No doubt we should spend our 1st round pick in the draft on a Offensive Tackle. The 2nd round we could either go guard or cornerback. There are plenty of quality corners in the draft yet there are equally plenty of quality and cost effective corners on the market. Let’s take a look:
1) Brent Grimes (Atlanta Falcons) – We’ve had problems with injury-prone players, but if Grimes can stay healthy, and if his torn Achilles’ tendon from last season were to have no negative impacts, he may be a steal. Unfortunately, in six years he’s only managed to play one full season. When he is playing more than eight games he can be quite the ball hawk! We could take a chance on him, but only for the right price.
2) Keenan Lewis (Pittsburgh Steelers) – Nothing notable came about Lewis until this past season displaying himself as a sound cover corner. He’s young, only 26 and under his first season as a full-time starter he didn’t disappoint, knocking down 23 passes. One thing that goes against Lewis is his lack of interceptions. He reminds me of Jammer when he was about this age.
3) Cary Williams (Baltimore Ravens) – For the past five years, Williams bounced back and forth between the Ravens and the Tennessee Titans before he finally settled into a starting role in 2011. Since then he’s been stellar. He still has the capacity to get better; last season during his second full start he was making better reads, following through with smoother tackles and finally making picks last season. Now that Flacco flushed the bank on the Baltimore Ravens this may be our chance to steal him away.
So, Boltbeat fans! There is my list of could-be and might-be Charger cornerbacks for next season. What are your thoughts? Which cornerback would you like to see in blue and gold lighting bolts?

Topics: Free Agency, San Diego Chargers

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  • Nolan

    Aqib Talib please!!!!!

    • Sergio Quintero

      I would like him too, but I can’t remember the last time the chargers brought an expensive free agent with conduct baggage, probably since David Boston, until proven otherwise I just don’t see a conduct red flag getting big bucks.

  • Nolan

    Or Derek cox

  • JoseSD

    I actually wanted Brandon Flowers or Kenny Philips that year and when they announced the pick like many other AJ Smith picks I said who the hell is that. The amount of draft picks AJ Smith wasted is ridiculous how many times did he draft players that didn’t even make the team when it was a position of need. QB: Johnathan Crompton, RBs: Gartrell Johnson, Marcus Thomas WR: Demetrius Byrd TE: Dedrick Epps CB: Brandon Hughes, DeJuan Tribble im sure there are a lot more of his picks that are out of the NFL. the team probably has more succes from undrafted guys than guys picked in rounds 4-7

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1672216122 Daryl Peek

    “Cromartie is gone but nobody really cares”

    That’s because many Bolt fans are butt hurt delusional. Crow has proven he’s still a great CB. He held the fort down while Revis was out last season. Our FO did Crow dirty… http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8234c61a/article/jets-cromartie-rips-chargers-medical-staff-over-hip-diagnosis by telling him he had a hip flex-or allowing him to play all season with a fractured hip.

    • Bay Bolt

      I’m not butt hurt. He played like a bitch during his last game with us against the jets. Scared to tackle. Plus he was a cancer on the team.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1672216122 Daryl Peek

        Again the FO hid the severity of his injury. You’d be mad and disruptive if your employer did you that way too! You’d also sue them!

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