Film Room: Antonio Cromartie wants to retire as a New York Jet

Over the weekend, Antonio Cromartie joined CBS Sports That Other Pregame Show and spoke about playing for Rex Ryan, playing with rookie Dee Milliner and what his future with the Jets might be. When asked about the Jets, Cromartie told the CBS Sports crew the following:

“I don’t know. My biggest thing is to make sure that I’m healthy for anything that … happens. I just want to take care of myself. Like I tell everyone else, I always want to be a Jet, and I want to retire a Jet. That’s my stand, and that’s how I’m going to keep it.”

See the video here.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

No surprise there as Cromartie has made it plain of late that he wants to retire as a Jet. We’ve already written a post about how the situation might play out but the $5 million bonus that awaits Cromartie in March will precipitate the Jets cutting as part of any deal that would be made.

Cromartie is dogmatic in his conditioning and we think that his dedication to his health has been a key to letting him play at such a high level until this year. If the Jets think Cromartie’s play can rebound in 2014 once he gets more healthy, then it would make sense to re-sign him while potentially hedging their bets in the secondary with some other acquisitions.




54 comments
D
D

Cro should consider moving to FS.       Draft a young corner and let him get back to hawking the ball. 

Jim Israel
Jim Israel

I think at this point Cromartie will be too much of a risk to sign for 2014. For one thing, if he's a free agent, he's under no obligation to undergo a physical from the Jets. So, how will the team know if he's healthy? Plus, 'healthy' enough to pass a physical doesn't mean the age factor didn't cause a lot of problems this year in addition to physical infirmities. That's the huge unknown, and I have no idea how Idzik handles it. There just seems to be too much uncertainty. If the Jets can sign him to a incentive-laden contract -- probably not really an option -- OK, I'd take my chances on him. Otherwise, let's move on.

a57se
a57se

Detroit hired Jim Caldwell.........I didn't think he was that good in INDY.

Brendan
Brendan

I'm very open to the idea of Cro returning. I'm also very open to the idea of replacing him with a younger/better version. 

levi
levi

IF Cro and I said IF he is in decline what scares me is that they will continue to trot him out there when hes over matched. I think Cro has always relied on his physical tools rather than technique to do his job and if hes losing those tools he could be in trouble. IF thats the case then these younger guys need to be covering the top WRs not Cro. I know Milliner was covering the #1s the last couple games and faired well but the playoffs were out of reach by then. Im not so sure Rex and Co. would have done that had the playoffs hung in the balance.

a57se
a57se

Hey Brian, any news on the jets assistant coaches or Rex' extension?

Beamen321
Beamen321

I get the impression that Cro is different then a lot of the players out there and might be willing to give the Jets a "hometown" discount to stay. He waited on the Jets to make a decision on Nnamdi before resigning the first time. I hope he gets back healthy and plays at a high level no matter where it is (well other then NE). 

Brendan
Brendan

@Daniel I never, ever understood where this idea comes from. Cro has never played safety, so let's just change his position at the first sign of struggle at CB? 

levi
levi

@Daniel I wouldnt trust Cro as the last line of defense to make a tackle. 

__fense
__fense

@Jim Israel Why would a guy who've been very actively saying he want's to be a Jet not let the Jets give him a physical, if that's something they feel the need to do before giving him a contract? Refusing a physical when Idzik says 'you need to get it or I won't sign you' would be counter to his stated goal.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Jim Israel He's not a free agent, Jim.  They have him under contract for one more year.  They do have a $5m bonus to decide on early in the league year though.

D
D

@a57se he was awful in Indy

levi
levi

@a57se Maybe they disagree with you or hes a sweet talker. I got buddy who isnt very good looking but he can straight up talk the panties right off the ladies. Its truly a sight to see.

Bytor
Bytor

@Brendan I'd go with the younger/better version. We can splurge since DMill is cheap on the other side. When DMill turns into a shutdown corner (fingers crossed) it lessens the need of primo safeties. Otherwise you get Byrd and a lesser guy to man the outside. Me likes options.

D
D

@Brendanhe should consider moving to FS, imo.  He will extend his career.    Draft a younger version is a must. 

harold
harold

You and I have discussed it at length.  We both like Verner, however a lot of people are sleeping on Shields.  He is almost as good and only 26 years old.  I would sign him in a a heartbeat.  Great speed, excellent ball skills and a little cheaper.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se Cimini said yesterday that he's heard things are about to pick up on that front.

levi
levi

@a57se I thought Rex got a one year extension?

Brian Devroe
Brian Devroe

@Beamen321 He owes us a hometown discount after the Jets front loaded him $500,000 to alleviate his child support troubles.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Beamen321 I don't get that impression.  You don't join a Super Agency if that's your attitude.  If he ends up giving a hometown discount it'll likely be because he has no other choice.

D
D

@levi@Danielnow that you say it like that I may retract on my statement, lol

Jim Israel
Jim Israel

@Bent@Jim Israel 

So, they can compel his to undergo a team physical, correct?

There's no way they're paying that $5 million, that's for sure, even if he's in fine health. Maybe Ryan would push for paying that bonus and keeping him, but  'over his dead body,' Idzik will not do it.

juunit
juunit

@levi@a57se 

Or, the Lions have been terrible forever and there's a problem with the intelligence of ownership. 

davem
davem

Thanks for the compliment Levi... But for the record, I think I'm pretty good looking:)

a57se
a57se

@levi@a57se 

Well supposedly they liked the way he broke down Matt Stafford on his interview!

a57se
a57se

@Daniel@Brendan 

Cro was never very good in Zone coverages...not sure he would be good as a free safety....

Brendan
Brendan

@harold Like Verner, I don't think Shields is going anywhere. BUT, if he was to hit FA, I would be perfectly fine with the Jets bringing him in. I'd prefer Brent Grimes to him (since I think Grimes is better and think Shields is a bit overrated), but as long as the team gets an above-average starting CB, I don't care where it comes from. 

Brendan
Brendan

@levi It was rumored that's what the team was trying to get him to take, but no official details were released. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Bent@Beamen321Didn't he get a Super Agency involved to get a handle on his finances?  I think he wanted a lifestyle makeover and put on a sound financial plan.  Sure, any agent would want Cro to get the maximum salary that he could get, but I think he went to CAA (after his former agent, Gary Wichard died) because he wanted financial security and to deal with his domestic financial issues.  For instance, after joining CAA, he got a vasectomy...coincidence?  Yet, both sound financial and lifestyle advice.

In "Collision Low Crossers" it was reported that his agent took him in during the Summer to give him an idea how a regular (albeit wealthy) family lives.  I think CAA offered (and apparently) did much more for Cro than just deal with his business issues or, at least, that's what it seemed like from the book.

levi
levi

@Daniel Yeah, he has improved his tackling but still not enough to play that position.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Jim Israel @Bent I would imagine so, yes, although if he has surgery then the timing might not work out so well, because he might still be in the middle of his recovery process when it comes to decision time.

D
D

@a57se@DanielAs a corner but he does have range which is why he could potentially make that move.

harold
harold

a57se

Fine, I agree to disagree!

a57se
a57se

@harold 

I think we agree on more than we disagree about though this may be one of the things we disagree on?!

harold
harold

Finally, something we can agree on.

It doesn't happen often, but I guess it would be boring otherwise.

a57se
a57se

@harold 

I agree about Grimes age...i don't care how good he is, he is over 30 and the last thing we need to start doing is giving out big contracts to 30+ players.

Shields or Verner are the best options, whichever one ends up a Free Agent (keep fingers crossed) we should target.

harold
harold

a57se

I agree, I was acknowledging to Brendan, that if they make him a priority they could bring him back.

Brendan

I know Grimes had an outstanding year his last two healthy seasons as well.  I just like how Shields's game translates to Rex's system. 

I think I did a poor job communicating that.  I think Grimes lacks some top end speed and is a better zone player.  We play zone b ut in crucial match-ups Rex prefers man and I think Shields is better in that scheme. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan@harold

GB is approximately $18 million under the Cap for 2014 but they also have a long list of Free Agents.

Ryan Pickett $5.4 Mil in 2013

BJ Raji $4.49 mil in 2013

Jermichael Finley $4.45 Mil in 2013

Andrew Quarless $1.323 Mil in 2013

James Jones $2.95 Mil in 2013

Sam Shields $2.023 Mil in 2013

John Kuhn $1.8 mil in 2013

 Evan Dietrich-Smith $1.323 mil in 2013

Marshall Newhouse $1.323 mil in 2013

Johnny Jolly $715K in 2013

Both back-up QB's Wallace and Flynn $1.5 mil total in 2013


and there are a few more lower salaried guys.

Pickett (34), Kuhn (31) and Jolly (30) are the oldest guys on the list....

Shields might easily break free here......

harold
harold

That is why I mentioned solid on a per play basis.  Plus he is a plus athlete.  He can match-up with a wider range of WR's than Grimes IMO.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold He is not the same player at Grimes. Grimes five years ago, maybe, but Grimes is a much better CB right now. 


Shields does have fantastic ball skills, but there's more to CB than ball skills. 

harold
harold

Shields is very good player.  I would say at this stage he is basically the same player as Grimes.

Plus I think you underestimate his great ball skills.  13 picks in only 35 career starts is outstanding.  He is a ballhawk with solid play by play skills and A+ athletic skills 

Brendan
Brendan

@harold You're talking about a 3-year buy with Grimes, vs. maybe 5 years with Shields. Grimes is the much better player, so I'd sign Grimes and wait for Milliner to develop into a true shutdown. 


People act like Shields is a bonafide stud, top-10 CB type of guy. I don't think he's that player, yet, but he could develop into it. 

harold
harold

Brendan and Jake100

I disagree Shields is overrated (Green Bay does have money to spend so it would be tough).  I love Grimes just think he is too old to spend big money on. 

I think Shields at 26 he is a much more sound investment than Grimes.  Soon to be 31 vs 26 seems like a no brainer. 

I do worry Idzik won't spend to get one of these guys.  But I think he would be making a mistake not to.  Hopefully he decides to spend on one or two guys we need. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 Well, that's to be expected since they're worth big money based on their play. 

levi
levi

@a57se of course. 

a57se
a57se

@Bent@a57se 

Is it possible they are waiting for certain teams to be eliminated from the playoffs? 

levi
levi

@Bent Thats odd. Most all of us look at Dunbar as a no brainer to sign. Unless he is asking to much for Idzik to pay but I wouldnt think there could be to much wiggle room for a line coach.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent I can't comment on what he has or hasn't heard, but I would expect things to pick up soon just from a logical standpoint.


However, Karl Dunbar tweeted "it's going to take some time" so who knows what that means.