On Monday, the Jets announced that they had released cornerback Antonio Cromartie. The 31-year-old returned to New York last year after also playing there from 2010-2013. As with any big name free agent, fans of every team will now start wondering whether Cromartie is worth picking up. Let's look at why signing the four-time Pro Bowler makes sense and why it doesn't from the Redskins' perspective.
Pros: Cromartie is certainly not short on experience or numbers. He just completed his 10th NFL season and has appeared in 158 regular season contests to go along with 11 playoff games. For his career, he's picked off 34 passes, including at least three in every campaign from 2009-2014. His resumé looks similar to DeAngelo Hall's, in fact.
Building off of that, Scot McCloughan showed last offseason in free agency and during the year that he values veterans, and Cromartie certainly is one. Winning players like Ricky Jean-Francois and Dashon Goldson helped spark a turnaround for the 2015 Redskins. Perhaps Cromartie could be a part of McCloughan's next wave of additions? Besides, it seems like the Burgundy and Gold are always in need of secondary help, and they do have question marks at corner with Chris Culliver's knee injury and Will Blackmon's impending free agency.
Cons: Despite the knowledge and understanding of the position that Cromartie would bring with him to D.C., the case for not signing him is easier to make than signing him.
Overall, there's a lot of mileage on Cromartie. Almost 170 games means experience, sure, but it also means he's on the backside of his time in the league. He's not getting better with age, either: Pro Football Focus graded him 103rd out of the 118 cornerbacks they evaluated in 2015. He also didn't intercept a pass for the first time since 2006. Would the Redskins really want to add a guy like that to a defense that already ranked a lowly 25th in passing yards allowed?
Conclusion: The answer to the title of this page is no. The 'Skins need to get younger at positions of need, not older. At most, Cromarite would be a stop-gap option, and one who isn't that good anymore anyways. Some franchise will sign him, but it shouldn't be Washington.