When he visited in January the studios of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, cornerback Antonio Cromartie knew he’d be cut by the Jets, due to his cap number.
But Cromartie also knew he wanted to sign a new contract to stay with the team.
“This is where I want to be, that’s where I want to retire,” Cromartie said.
While it may be where he retires, it won’t be where Cromartie plays in 2014. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Cromartie ultimately decided that he wanted a fresh start, choosing the one-year offer from Arizona over the-year offer from the Jets.
And that ultimately leaves the Jets without a high-ability veteran cornerback. They cut Cromartie, didn’t sign Vontae Davis or Alterraun Verner, didn’t make a serious play for Darrelle Revis, waited too long to get serious about Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and then ultimately failed to lure Cromartie back.
There’s always the draft, but last year’s first-round pick at the position (Dee Milliner) struggled at times in 2013. The Jets can roll the dice again at the position in this year’s draft, but they would have been better off with a proven veteran.