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Antonio Cromartie will take Aqib Talib’s place in Pro Bowl

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The knee injury suffered by Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib had a big impact on the way the AFC Championship Game played out on Sunday and it will have an impact on the Pro Bowl as well.

Talib has pulled out of the game and will be replaced by Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie and center Nick Mangold have both been named to the roster after the Jets were initially shut out of the proceedings.

Cromartie’s trip to the Pro Bowl this season is based a lot more on residual memories of successful seasons in the past than on anything he did this season. Cromartie was bothered by a hip injury for much of the season and, by his own admission, had a bad year on the field by his and just about anyone else’s standards.

At some point after the Pro Bowl, Cromartie is likely to be cut by the Jets in order to avoid paying him a $5 million roster bonus due in March. Cromartie has said he’d like to re-sign and retire with the Jets, an arrangement that would work out very well for the team if Cromartie can get his play back to actual Pro Bowl levels in 2014.

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10 Responses to “Antonio Cromartie will take Aqib Talib’s place in Pro Bowl”
  1. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 21, 2014 7:32 AM

    If Cromartie is one of the starting corners…well it just shows how far of the map the Pro Bowl has fallen.

  2. jagsdynasty says: Jan 21, 2014 7:36 AM

    Still no Muhammad Wilkerson.

  3. bossbertozzi says: Jan 21, 2014 7:47 AM

    Vontae Davis deserved it

  4. jetfan74 says: Jan 21, 2014 8:08 AM

    That’s just it. A bad year. Nothing more to say. He will be cut and resigned at a reasonable number and 31 should finish his playing days as a Jet. Not resigning him just creates another hole that we don’t need and I personally don’t want to see another rookie taking his lumps on the outside.

  5. FinFan68 says: Jan 21, 2014 8:16 AM

    So we are down to about 10-15 guys that were initially selected and the rest were named due to injury, apathy and the conflict of a player’s need to rearrange his socks drawer that day.

  6. stevincinci says: Jan 21, 2014 8:40 AM

    Adam Jones of the Bengals is more deserving. Had his best year of career.

  7. njjet says: Jan 21, 2014 10:18 AM

    You have to be kidding. This is a joke right. Even I can’t claim he deserved this. The simple fact that he has gotten in and Mo Wilk and Sheldon Richardson haven’t just shows how bull the voting really is.

  8. eballa1 says: Jan 21, 2014 10:40 AM

    Keenan Lewis???

  9. lolo376 says: Jan 21, 2014 10:58 AM

    Who even cares about the pro bowl?! They don’t even run at full speed. Rather see the skill challenges brought back

  10. afce22 says: Jan 21, 2014 9:38 PM

    that makes a mockery of the Pro Bowl. Cromartie wasn’t in the top 20 in the AFC this year

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