The Chargers have lost much more than they've gained in the early free-agency period, as GM A.J. Smith has expectedly lain low and allowed the big names to sign elsewhere. However, what he did do was acquire a 2011 third-round pick (which could become a second-rounder) from the Jets in exchange for CB Antonio Cromartie, who was dealt to New York last week. We hear that the Chargers were eager to get rid of Cromartie, who had become a disliked figure in the locker room this past season, and were willing to trade him to any club that would give up something of reasonable value. We're told that Cromartie, who looked like a budding superstar when he picked off 10 passes in 2007, had not been giving great effort while also displaying an attitude, almost as if he wanted out of San Diego. The Chargers will now turn to Antoine Cason, a first-round pick in '08, to start opposite Quentin Jammer, but they'll also be in the hunt for cornerback help come April's draft.
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