ESPN’s James Walker answered today the question about if there are any shutdown corners in the free agent market that the Steelers may go after. Here was his answer:
No one unrestricted really catches my eye, Shawn. Most “shutdown” — i.e. elite — corners never hit the free-agent market, because they’re such a rare commodity. But last month I mentioned an intriguing trade scenario involving San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie that I think the Steelers should explore. He’s in the final year of his rookie contract at a relatively affordable salary. The Chargers reportedly are interested in getting something for Cromartie before he bolts (no pun intended), and Cromartie will be hungry to have a great 2010 season while in a contract year. It could be a win-win for both teams if the asking price is reasonable.
Ok, so what would the Steelers give up James? A draft pick maybe, but to me that would be it.