If the Jets want to keep cornerback Antonio Cromartie this season, they’d better offer him more money than any other team offers him.
Cromartie, who will become a free agent whenever free agency starts, made it clear in an interview today that he’ll go to the team that pays him the most, and he won’t take less money to stay with the Jets.
“I would love to be a Jet,” Cromartie told SiriusXM NFL Radio, via the New York Post. “But I also want to go out and see what the market is and see what my value is. At the end of the day, to me there is no such thing as no hometown discount. I’m not giving anybody no hometown discount. I’m definitely going to see what the organization says and then also let them know I would like to go out and test the market and see what my value is.”
Cromartie said he could see himself signing with the Texans, Buccaneers, Seahawks, Cardinals, Cowboys or Raiders if the Jets don’t show him the money. But he’s hoping the Jets show him the money.
“I love the organization,” he said. “They’re a first-class organization that has always been there for their players. They’re all about their players. . . . For me it would be a great opportunity to be back there and to play alongside [Darrelle] Revis and to play in that defense I’ve been a part of. Rex Ryan is a great coach and I love playing for him.”
So Cromartie loves being a Jet. Just not enough to make it worth taking less money.