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Jets save $9.5 million by cutting Cromartie

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Antonio Cromartie saw it coming.

Appearing in January on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, Cromartie said he expected to be a cap casualty.  On Sunday, he was proven right.

“I think I am, just because my cap number is very high and I had one of the worst seasons of my career this past year,” Cromartie said.

Cutting Cromartie avoids a $5 million roster bonus due in March, a $4.3 million base salary, and a $200,000 workout bonus.  That’s a total of $9.5 million that Cromartie would have been paid.

With the market for cornerbacks rebounding this year, Cromartie could still do fairly well on the open market.  Between signing bonus and base salary, he could still get at least $9.5 million this year on a multi-year deal.

Especially if teams accept that his performance last year was the result of injury.

“I was banged up,” Cromartie said.  “You know, I got hurt in Week Two but that’s not an excuse. You know, 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.”

That kind of candor is rare and refreshing.  It could help Cromartie, who still hasn’t turned 30, in his quest to find another job.

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18 Responses to “Jets save $9.5 million by cutting Cromartie”
  1. agelardi says: Mar 9, 2014 3:39 PM

    Come to the Fins man and be a part of the best CB tandem once again.

  2. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 9, 2014 3:39 PM

    How’s he going to feed all them kids after losing 9.5 mil?

  3. bleedgreen says: Mar 9, 2014 3:45 PM

    For being as immature and saying as many stupid things as he did earlier in his career, it seems the past 2-3 years or so, Cromartie has really grown into an accountable and respectable man.

  4. tybyebye says: Mar 9, 2014 3:46 PM

    Come down to the AFC South and get burned by TY Hilton – the best WR in the NFL.

    #HiltonOwnsTheLegionOfBoom
    #HiltonEmbarrassedShermanNBrowner

  5. daltongang1 says: Mar 9, 2014 3:51 PM

    For his 8 kid’s sake I hope he gets employed quickly.

  6. thepftpoet says: Mar 9, 2014 3:53 PM

    Xavier Rhodes is the best CB in the NFL

  7. irvfin3 says: Mar 9, 2014 3:56 PM

    so they cut him but not holmes or sanchez yet?!?!?!

  8. andrewluck12 says: Mar 9, 2014 3:57 PM

    colts could certainly use him

  9. huskerkid93 says: Mar 9, 2014 4:02 PM

    From a Jet fan I have a lot of respect for Antonio Cromartie. He’s not always the most aggressive, but when he is he can be a really good player and can help a team next year. I know there are many jokes about him, but Im impressed in how he turned his life around for the better, even getting baptized a few days ago. Good luck Cro from Gang Green.

  10. bleedrangerblue says: Mar 9, 2014 4:05 PM

    Good move. Tired of watching him get beat deep all last year. Even his wife bashed him on twitter one game. Lol

  11. cannonballdookie says: Mar 9, 2014 4:06 PM

    He’s easy to make fun of but nice to see he’s realistic and has a great view on things. He’ll certainly find a job somewhere else.

  12. rayguyreturns says: Mar 9, 2014 4:09 PM

    Meanwhile maternity wards are gearing in other cities…

  13. justafan2014 says: Mar 9, 2014 4:16 PM

    Good luck Cro

  14. zeke2517 says: Mar 9, 2014 4:40 PM

    “Come to the Fins man and be a part of the best CB tandem once again.”

    The Fins are a national embarrassment.

  15. JackedUpSports says: Mar 9, 2014 5:01 PM

    had some really good times with cro on the jets. you really had to stop once in a while to appreciate the depth he brought to that secondary

  16. siaaa says: Mar 9, 2014 5:28 PM

    he just started growing up a little later than normal and that goes back to perhaps not having the proper father figure in his life. he’s still one of the best athletes in the NFL and the way he’s handled himself and matured the last couple of years can make him a great addition to any team that signs him. he will give them a good 4 years at his position. I would actually like to see him back with the Chargers again. he’s way better than the rest of the CB’s on the team.

  17. kev86 says: Mar 9, 2014 7:26 PM

    Free agent tour for Cro? Wow

  18. thesmartestmanever says: Mar 10, 2014 12:29 AM

    Danny Snyder already has the jet warming up on the tarmac. he’ll be here Wednesday night, after a brief trip west for Dansby.

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