Cromartie discusses future with Jets on NBC Sports

Antonio Cromartie was on NBC Sports with Erik Kuselias for Pro Football Talk and he openly discussed that he anticipates the Jets will release him because of his high salary-cap number for the 2014 season. Cromartie also confirmed what many who watched him closely suspected; that the eight year veteran played hurt most of the season and it impacted his play on the field.

“I was banged up,” Cromartie explained. “You know, I got hurt in Week Two, but that’s not an excuse. If I’m going to go out and go play every single week, I expect for myself to be playing at a high level and my teammates and my organization expects for me to be playing at a high level, so I never make excuses. You know, I just had a bad year. And that falls heavily on me and no one else.”

Cromartie was frank in his self-assessment of his play in 2013 along with his contract status in 2014.

“I think I am [a potential cap casualty], just because my cap number is very high and I had one of the worst seasons of my career this past year.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Cromartie has made it no mystery that he wants to retire as a Jet, but his cap number of $14.9 million is too big and unable to be restructured as it was last offseason. A March 13 bonus of $5 million means that Cromartie’s cutting will happen prior to that date.

Even by cutting Cromartie, the Jets will eat $5 million in dead money, but will realize $9.5 million in savings which could then be re-applied to Cromartie at a more palatable deal. Cromartie will likely test the market to see if he is getting a fair deal from the Jets, but a fair deal will likely rely on how much demand there is for cornerbacks in free agency. See our workups on what sort of contract Cromartie might end up signing to remain on the Jets.




4 comments
Roof
Roof

if we can get him at a team friendly deal and bring in another vet corner, im for this. hopefully it was just his hip this year and he will be good again, but i want a contingency plan in place

SackDance99
SackDance99

I must say, I like the mature Cro.  Even if it's fake humility, that is better than the overly sensitive Cro that was a coaching nightmare.

a57se
a57se

I think we've beaten this story to death.

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

@a57se No, it hasn't been beaten to death until Cimini writes an article about how we can use the cap space from cutting Cro for signing Tebow.