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Cromartie Still Interested in Re-signing with Jets Despite Release

Veteran CB Antonio Cromartie was released on Monday by the New York Jets.  But according to a league source, Darryl Slatter of he would be interested in re-signing with the Jets at a lower salary.

The two Jet's cornerbacks, Cromartie and Revis.

The two Jet’s cornerbacks, Cromartie and Revis.

Cromartie “loves the Jets organization and coach Todd Bowles.” Cromartie worked with Bowles in the Arizona Cardinals system before joining each other again in the New York Jets system.

Cromartie, 31, was in the second year of his four-year, $32 million contract that included $7 million guaranteed and would have made a base salary of $8 million for the 2016 season.

However, it remains to be seen if this is something the Jets would consider, and it’s clearly very early in the process. According to, releasing Cromartie will free up $8 million in available cap space while creating no dead money.The Jets may have other plans for that $8 million that do not include Cromartie.

This past season Cromartie appeared in 15 games for the Jets and recorded 29 tackles, a fumble recovery and 12 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 86 cornerback out of 111 qualifying players.

The Jets want to pay him more like the 86th rank cornerback that his stats say he is rather than the $8 million that his contract says he is going to get paid. I would assume that some other teams would have interest in Cromartie if he hit the open market, but I am sure none of them would be interested in paying him $8 million for his now diminished services.

Comment below on these 2 questions.

  1. What is a fair salary for Cromartie from the Jets for just the 2016 season?
  2. What other teams do you think would have interest in him?

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