There were two big question marks over Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie’s head when the regular season came to an end, but one of them already seems to have resolved itself.
Cromartie said Thursday at Jets House, which the team set up for Super Bowl week to host fans and appearances by players, that he does not need to have surgery on the hip that troubled him for most of the season and said that he feels as close to 100 percent as he’s felt since the preseason. He’s still rehabbing and thinks he’ll be fully recovered in another month.
That leaves the question of his contract with the Jets. Cromartie is due to count $14.98 million against the cap and told Pro Football Talk on NBCSN that he expects to be a cap casualty, although he added that he’d like to remain with the Jets if they can agree on a friendlier deal. On Thursday, Cromartie said that he was concentrating on his health regardless of where he winds up.
“I want to be back. At the end of the day it’s a business, and that’s how I treat it,” Cromartie said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “My business is to make sure my body is as healthy as possible, because I got to make sure that if anything goes wrong, that if it goes the opposite way [and] I’m not here, I’m healthy for the next team.”
Cromartie said there haven’t been any talks with the Jets about his contract yet, but any action will likely happen sooner rather than later as the Jets get their cap in order ahead of free agency.